THE World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday said that the COVID-19 crisis will not end any time soon, with several countries only in the initial stages of the fight against the virus. “Make no mistake, we have a long way to go. Coronavirus will be with us for a long time. There is no question that stay at home orders and other physical distancing measures have successfully suppressed transmission in many countries,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press conference. “Most countries are in the early stages of their epidemics.
And some, which were affected early in the pandemic, are now starting to see a resurgence in the number of cases,” he added. COVID-19 has infected more than 2.6 million people around the world and a total of 1,83,027 people have died due to coronavirus, according to data from US-based Johns Hopkins University. WHO chief calls on US to reconsider funding freeze: THE World Health Organisation chief said on Wednesday he hopes the United States will reconsider its freeze in funding for his agency and vowed to keep working on “saving lives” despite calls from some U.S. Lawmakers for his resignation. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he hopes the U.S. Believes the agency is “an important investment, not just to help others, but for the U.S. To stay safe” amid the pandemic.
President Donald Trump last week announced a temporary halt to U.S. Funding for the U.N. Agency, alleging a WHO cover-up and missteps handling the outbreak. The U.S. Is the Geneva-based agency’s biggest donor, providing hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of support each year. In Washington, officials said Wednesday the halt involved new funding for the WHO, and was expected to continue for 60 to 90 days. A group of Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives last week suggested that Trump should condition any voluntary U.S. Contributions to the WHO this year on Tedros’ resignation. Asked about whether he was considering that, Tedros said: “I will continue to work day and night because this is a blessed work, actually, and responsibility saving lives, and I will focus on that.”