UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adan Gebreyesus said it was impossible to predict in which direction the epidemic caused by the coronavirus COVID-19 would develop.
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, February 15, the head of WHO called on the world community to rally in the fight against coronavirus. “We must be guided by solidarity,” he said.
According to Hebreysus, the main threat now is not the virus itself, but “stigmatization.” He also called for “stopping hatred” and not politicizing the issue of COVID-19.
“In our split and divided world, health is one of the few areas where countries can work together for a common goal,” the head of WHO said.
At the same time, he noted that there are encouraging moments in the trend in the spread of the virus. So, outside of China, there has not yet been a massive infection with COVID-2019. However, in the PRC itself, the number of infected people continues to grow, while among the sick – more than 1,700 doctors, which is of concern to WHO.
Hebraeusus also indicated that the world community is not paying enough attention to financing the fight against coronavirus. “All countries should be prepared in case they detect cases of the disease,” the head of the organization said.
He also called on popular social networks to combat the misinformation and false rumors that appear around COVID-2019, and the state – with hysteria and misinformation related to coronavirus.
According to the latest data, more than 66 thousand people were infected in China, 1523 died, over 8 thousand recovered. Outside of China, cases of infection were detected in 25 countries, including Russia. In France, an 80-year-old tourist from China died of a new type of coronavirus. In China itself, they can even be executed for deliberately concealing the symptoms of a new coronavirus or distorting information about the patient’s condition.
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