WHO fears coronavirus pandemic ‘not even close to being over’
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a briefing that the world should brace for the continued spread of the deadly virus, which has already infected more than 10 million people worldwide and killed more than 500,000 over the past six months, CBS News said.
“Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world — and our lives — would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus,” he said.
“We all want this to be over,” Ghebreyesus added. “We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is that this is not even close to being over. Most people remain susceptible, the virus still has a lot of room to move.”
Ghebreyesus also said the global health agency would send a team to Wuhan, China, where the outbreak originated, in an attempt to identify the cause of the pandemic.
“We can fight the virus better when we know everything about the virus, including how it started,” he said. “We will be sending a team next week to China to prepare for that.”
According to Johns Hopkins University, the US accounts for about one-quarter of the global COVID-19 cases and deaths.