The World Well being Group expressed concern on Wednesday concerning the rising variety of new coronavirus circumstances in poor nations, whilst many wealthy nations have begun rising from lockdown.
The worldwide well being physique mentioned 1,06,000 new circumstances of infections of the novel coronavirus had been recorded up to now 24 hours, essentially the most in a single day for the reason that outbreak started.
“We nonetheless have a protracted option to go on this pandemic,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus informed a information convention. “We’re very involved about rising circumstances in low and center revenue nations.”
Dr. Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies programme, mentioned: “We are going to quickly attain the tragic milestone of 5 million circumstances.”
The WHO has come below hearth from U.S. President Donald Trump, who accuses it of getting mishandled the outbreak and of favouring China, the place the virus is believed to have emerged late final yr. This week Trump threatened to withdraw from the WHO and completely withhold funding.
Tedros acknowledged receiving a letter from Trump, however declined to remark additional.
Tedros mentioned he was dedicated to accountability and would perform a evaluation into the response to the pandemic. Such a evaluation was demanded by member states in a decision this week that was handed by consensus, though the US expressed reservations about some parts of it.
“I mentioned it time and time once more that WHO requires accountability greater than anybody. It needs to be performed and when it is performed it needs to be a complete one,” Tedros mentioned of the evaluation, whereas declining to say when it will begin.
Ryan mentioned such assessments are usually carried out after an emergency is over.
“I for one would favor, proper now, to get on with doing the job of an emergency response, of epidemic management, of creating and distributing vaccines, of bettering our surveillance, of saving lives and distributing important PPE to staff and discovering medical oxygen for folks in fragile settings, lowering the affect of this illness on refugees and migrants,” he mentioned.
Tedros mentioned he had lengthy been in search of different sources of funding for the WHO, saying its $2.three billion finances was “very, very small” for a worldwide company, round that of a medium sized hospital within the developed world.
In feedback that would additional annoy Trump, Ryan, mentioned folks ought to keep away from utilizing the malaria medication hydroxychloroquine to deal with or stop coronavirus an infection, besides as a part of a scientific trial to review it.
Trump has mentioned he’s taking hydroxychloroquine to stop coronavirus an infection.
“At this stage, (neither) hydroxychloroquine nor chloroquine have been as but discovered to be efficient within the therapy of COVID-19 nor within the prophylaxis in opposition to coming down with the illness,” Ryan mentioned. “In reality, the other, in that warnings have been issued by many authorities concerning the potential unintended effects of the drug.”
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