Head of WHO urged to prepare for new pandemic COVID-19

The world must prepare early for a new coronavirus-induced pandemic, said Tedros Adan Ghebrejesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), on Monday, September 7.

“When the next pandemic comes, the world needs to be prepared more than it was this time,” he said.

The head of WHO emphasized that this is not the last pandemic. “History teaches us that outbreaks and pandemics are, in fact, part of life,” he said.

Earlier, on Sept. 1, Ghebrejesus said the opening of countries after quarantine must take the necessary precautions to prevent a catastrophe. He stressed that the organization fully supports the efforts of countries to open economies and communities, but it is important to do so with deliberation and care.

In addition, the organization identified important conditions for a return to normal life, namely: restriction of crowding in public places, reducing the risk of mortality in risk groups, control of the authorities to identify and isolate those who are ill and individual responsibility of each.

According to Worldometer, 27 354 078 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the world, 19 424 142 patients have recovered, 894 005 people have died.

The first place in terms of morbidity is occupied by the U.S. – there are registered 6,465,902 cases of infection, of which more than 5.5 thousand in the last 24 hours. Next come India (4 236 961) and Brazil (4 137 606).