Some countries on dangerous path to epidemic: WHO

WHO urges leaders to take immediate action and prevent COVID-19 deaths. (File)

Geneva:

The World Health Organization (WHO) chief said on Friday that the world today is at a critical juncture in the COVID-19 epidemic and some countries are on a dangerous path, facing pressures from health services. The head of the organization said on Friday.

“We are at a critical juncture in the COVID-19 epidemic, especially in the Northern Hemisphere,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Gabrieus told a news conference. “The next few months are going to be very tough and some countries are on a dangerous path.”

“We urge leaders to take immediate action to prevent unnecessary deaths, emergency health services from being hijacked and school closures. As I said in February, I am repeating this today: It’s not a drill. “

Tedros said many countries are now seeing a sharp rise in infections, “and it’s now moving to hospitals and intensive care units that are running close to or above capacity – and we’re still only in October.” .

He said countries should take immediate action to curb the spread of the virus. Improving testing, detecting contact with infected people and isolating people at risk of spreading the virus will help countries avoid mandatory lockouts.

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