The pandemic is accelerating, World Health Organization head Tedros Ghebreyesus said March 23. According to WHO, more than 300 thousand cases of COVID-19 have been registered so far in almost all countries of the world. “It’s heartbreaking,” the WHO press service quotes the head of the organization. According to the online monitoring of the Research Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (USA), the number of coronavirus cases in the world has exceeded 370 thousand.
According to WHO, the first 100 thousand cases of coronavirus were registered in 67 days since the first detected COVID-19, the second hundred – in 11 days, the third – just 4 days.
– You can see the virus accelerating. But we are not prisoners of statistics. We are not helpless witnesses. We can change the trajectory of this pandemic. Numbers matter because they’re not just numbers, they’re people whose lives and the lives of their families have been turned upside down. You can’t win a football match just by playing defense, you must also attack,” said Ghebreyesus.
Asking people to stay home and other physical distance measures is an important way to slow down the spread of the virus and buy time, but it’s a protective measure, the WHO head said.
– To win, we need to attack the virus with aggressive measures – test everyone who could have been infected, isolate and take care of those who have found the virus, track and quarantine level 1 contacts,” said Ghebreyesus.
He said there are reports from all over the world of health workers who have been infected. This is alarming. Ghebreyesus intends to appeal to the leaders of the G20 to join forces to fight the infection and increase production of protective equipment for health workers.