Giving up on pandemic control is dangerous, says WHO

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"It is dangerous to give up control" the pandemic, said Monday the boss of the World Health Organization (WHO), clearly taking the opposite of the statements of the chief of staff of the American president Donald Trump the day before.

We must not give up and that is why we say that if we agree with the chief of staff on the importance of protecting the most vulnerable, it is still dangerous to give up maintaining control (of the pandemic), said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a press conference.

Mr Tedros acknowledged that some fatigue was setting in after months of battling the pandemic, which has claimed more than 1.1 million lives, but called for the fight to continue, just one day after Mark Meadows suggested that the United States was renouncing take control pandemic, but instead bet on drugs and vaccines.

This is what we are going to do. We are not going to control the pandemic, we are going to control the fact that we can have vaccines, treatments and other means to mitigate the disease, Mark Meadows told CNN on Sunday.

It is impossible to control the situation, because it's a contagious virus just like the flu, added Mr. Meadows when the journalist questioning him asked him the reason for the waiver.

Control (of the pandemic) must also be part of the strategy, ”said Mr. Tedros, after having urged not to be discouraged in his traditional words at the beginning of the press conference.

We cannot give up. We must not give up, he said. The government must do its part and the citizens must too. The virus is dangerous. If allowed to circulate freely, it can create havoc, especially until we have a vaccine available., he insisted.

The situation is serious in Europe

Faced with the explosion of new infections, especially in Europe and the United States, WHO officials tirelessly repeat the same message: it is never too late to fight the virus and we must use the full range of means available. to do this and try to escape new generalized containment measures as we saw them in the spring.

WHO Emergency Officer Michael Ryan underlined the gravity of the situation in Europe, which for the WHO ranges from Iceland to the Russian Far East.

This week, 46% of all (Covid-19) cases worldwide came from the Europe region, he said.

This is almost a third of all deaths in the world. So there is no doubt that the Europe region is an epicenter of the disease at this time., he stressed.

The person in charge of the management of the pandemic at the WHO, Maria Van Kerkhove, admitted to being concerned about the increase in the number of hospitalizations and admissions in intensive care units and projections which show that they will reach saturation. in the days and weeks to come.

There are many things these countries can do to come to control the pandemic, she affirmed once again, recalling that European countries had succeeded in drastically reducing the number of cases.

They can do it again, she insisted, recalling how important it was to identify all people in contact with a proven positive case and to quarantine them.

The other option, if we don't quarantine contacts of proven cases, is that everyone be in quarantine, and that is what we want to avoid., she recalled.


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