Coronavirus pandemic can get worse- WHO

2020-07-14 at 06:14

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the coronavirus pandemic will get “worse and worse” if governments fail to take more decisive action.

Director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “too many countries [were] headed in the wrong direction”. He added, cases were rising where proven measures were not adopted or followed.

The Americas are the current epicentre of the pandemic. The US has seen a rise in cases amid tensions between health experts and President Donald Trump.

The US, the worst affected country, has over 3.3 million confirmed cases and more than 135,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

At a briefing in Geneva, Dr Tedros said “mixed messages from leaders” were undermining public trust in attempts to bring the pandemic under control.

He said measures such as social distancing, hand washing, and wearing masks in appropriate situations needed to be taken seriously, warning that there would be “no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future”.