Wearing a face mask is an act of solidarity, World Health Organization chief says

Henrietta Brewer
August 6, 2020

But Mr Tedros underscored uncertainties. Brazil, which has experienced a drastic rise in cases, topping 2.8 million in just months, with more than 95,000 deaths.

"That compounds what we already know about reduced immunisation coverage, cancer screening and care, and mental health services". A curfew from 8pm to 5am has been applied across Melbourne and residents can only leave their home for four reasons: shopping for groceries and essential items; medical needs and caregiving; daily exercise in your local area; and work where it's not possible to do so from home.

"Anything short of this will see it drag on for months and months and months", Victoria premier Daniel Andrews said of the outbreak. Other countries, such as Australia and Vietnam, are also seeing a resurgence in cases.

More lockdowns in countries experiencing spikes in the virus may be necessary, but should be as short as possible in as small an area as possible, World Health Organization officials have said.


Latin America and the Caribbean passed another milestone yesterday as fatalities in the region climbed to more than 200,000, with Brazil and Mexico accounting for almost three-quarters.

This makes the disease six times more deadly than seasonal flu.

Dr Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing in Geneva earlier today that there is a chance that a vaccine may never be found for the bug which has killed over 688,000 people worldwide and infected more than 18 million. Melbourne is currently being hit hard by a second wave of the virus, and a strict lockdown and night-time curfew is now in force following a "state of disaster" being declared.

"The committee recommended that countries engage in the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, participate in relevant clinical trials, and prepare for safe and effective therapeutics and vaccine introduction, " Ghebreyesus said.


The number of deaths from coronavirus in Iran is almost three times higher than Iran's government claims, a BBC Persian service investigation has found.

At least 41 passengers and crew on a Norwegian cruise ship have tested positive for Covid-19, officials say. "There are gaps in the epidemiologic landscape, and what is required is going to be a much more extensive, retrospective epidemiologic study to look at those first cases and clusters in Wuhan and to fully understand the links between those cases", he said.

Thousands protested in Berlin in Germany over the weekend urging "a day of freedom" from the restrictions, with some demonstrators dubbing the pandemic "the biggest conspiracy theory".

To promote unity in the fight against the novel coronavirus, Tedros also announced a mask challenge will start this week.


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