Coronavirus latest: World Health Organization warns pandemic is 'accelerating' as worrying new figures emerge

Henrietta Brewer
March 24, 2020

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke with reporters in Geneva on Monday.

He called for unity in the G20 countries, most importantly those who have more than 80 per cent of global GDP. We can change the trajectory of this pandemic.You can't win a football game only by defending.

According to World Health Organization, the number of cases worldwide has surpassed 3,30,000, while the number of deaths has exceeded 14,000.

The total number of active COVID-19 cases across the country now stands at 446, after over 22 fresh cases were reported, the ministry said. "They're people, whose lives and families have been turned upside down", Tedros said. I'm glad that many countries have joined the SOLIDARITY trial, that will help us to move with speed and volume.

A medical official wearing protective gear stands amidst cars while taking drivers and passengers' body temperature, as an additional measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a check point outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan March 23, 2020. There is now no treatment that has been proven to be effective against COVID-19.

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Over the 24 hours before the report, there were over 26,000 new cases and 1,600 new deaths. But over the weekend, the day-to-day numbers finally started to shrink.

"The future of this pandemic, to a greater extent, will be determined by what happens in very large, highly populated, densely populated countries", said Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization's head of emergencies. India also eradicated polio, he noted.

Diseases such as polio and smallpox, which once claimed many lives in India, have been defeated with targeted public interventions.

"Health workers can only do their jobs effectively when they can do their jobs safely", Tedros said.

On health workers, he added: "We continue to hear alarming reports from around the world of large numbers of infections among health workers".

"Even if we do everything else right, if we don't prioritise protecting health workers, many people will die because the health worker who could have saved their life is sick".

The WHO is working with partners to try to boost production of a number of resources, including masks and other personal protective equipment for healthcare workers, as well as researching possible therapeutic drugs, including remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine.

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