The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that more that 10.3 millon cases of the deadly pandemic COVID-19 have been reported worldwide and more than 506,000 people have lost their lives worldwide as 1st of July, 2020.
This revelation was made on the 1st of July, 2020 by the Director-General of the World Health Body,Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a media briefing on COVID-19.
Dr Tedrost Adhanom stated that for the past week, the number of new cases has exceeded 160,000 on every single day.
“60% of all cases so far have been reported just in the past month, he added.
In his words; “We will never get tired of saying that the best way out of this pandemic is to take a comprehensive approach.
“Find, isolate, test and care for every case, trace and quarantine every contact, equip and train health workers and educate and empower communities to protect themselves and others.
“Not testing alone. Not physical distancing alone. Not contact tracing alone. Not masks alone. Do it all”, he further added.
Dr. Tedrost Adhanom disclosed that countries that have adopted this comprehensive approach have suppressed transmission and saved lives.
“Flare-ups are to be expected as countries start to lift restrictions.
“But countries that have the systems in place to apply a comprehensive approach should be able to contain these flare-ups locally and avoid reintroducing widespread restrictions”, he stated.
However, he stated that the WHO is concerned that some countries have not used all the tools at their disposal and have taken a fragmented approach.
“These countries face a long, hard road ahead”, he emphasised.
He said that one of the lessons of the pandemic is that no matter what situation a country is in, it can be turned around and It is never too late.
“As you know, in March, Italy and Spain were the epicenter of the pandemic. At the peak of its epidemic, Spain had almost 10,000 cases a day, and Italy had more than 6,500 cases.
“But both countries brought their epidemics under control with a combination of leadership, humility, active participation by every member of society, and implementing a comprehensive approach.
“Both countries faced a daunting situation, but turned it around.
He revealed that the fastest way out of this pandemic is to follow the science and do what we know works: the comprehensive approach.