Further development of coronavirus epidemy cannot be predicted, - WHO

Source : 112 Ukraine

WHO Director General emphasizes “the vital need for all countries to invest in preparatory activities” regarding dangerous ailments
21:37, 16 February 2020

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The further development of the epidemic caused by coronavirus cannot be predicted. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, stated this at the Munich Security Conference, UNN reported.

“It is impossible to predict in which direction the coronavirus epidemic will go,” he said. The head of WHO, in particular, expressed concern about the impact of the epidemic on countries with weak health systems.

In this regard, he called on the world community to show solidarity in the fight against coronavirus.

Ghebreyesus also drew attention to other issues of concern of WHO. “We are worried about the growing number of cases in China and the reports that came yesterday from China about the number of infected or deceased health workers,” he said.

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WHO is also worried about the insufficient response of the world community to the call for funds to fight against coronavirus and the acute shortage of protective antiviral drugs for health workers.

The CEO stressed the “vital need for all countries to invest in preparatory activities” regarding dangerous ailments.

“We are sending money to fight the epidemic, and when it ends, we forget about it and do nothing to prevent the next epidemic,” the head of WHO said.

He recalled that the world spends billions of dollars to prevent terrorist attacks, and the costs of preventing “virus attacks are relatively small,” although viruses “can be much more deadly.”

Ghebreyesus called on all countries to prepare for the possible further spread of coronavirus.

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