By Spy Correspondent
Geneva:The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating around the world as many countries that reopened their economies see a resurgence in Covid-19 cases, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said Monday.
The virus has infected more than 10.1 million people around the world and killed more than 502,000 people so far, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
More than 60% of daily new cases came from countries in the Americas on Sunday, according to data published by the WHO.
The U.S. is among the countries experiencing a resurgence of infection after reopening businesses and easing restrictions across large swaths of the country.
However, several health officials, including White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, have warned that deaths will increase over time, especially as younger patients infect older and more vulnerable people.
The continued strategy of testing broadly for the virus, investigating infections, identifying people who might have been exposed, isolating infected people and improving treatment for patients will save lives, Tedros said.
“The single most important intervention for breaking chains of transmission is not necessarily high-tech and can be carried out by a broad range of profession. It’s tracing and quarantine contacts,” he said.
He added that six months since the virus started, it could be like a broken record to say exactly the same thing, but the same thing works Test, test, isolate, quarantine cases
Tedros specifically cited dexamethasone, a cheap and widely available steroid, as an example of how clinicians have learned to provide better care for Covid-19 patients and save lives.
Japan has done a particularly good job of preserving life and protecting the most vulnerable members of society, Tedros said.
South Korea is another example of a successful response, Tedros said, adding that “South Korea has shown to the world that without even vaccines or therapeutics that it can take the number of cases down and suppress the outbreak.”
South Korea was among the first countries outside China to be hit by the virus.
However, Government officials used credit card transaction data and cell phone tracking information to identify who might have been exposed to the virus.
Tedros said some governments should consider replicating South Korea’s strategy for testing, contact tracing and isolating infected people.
He added that governments should involve the community in any efforts to ramp up testing, tracing and isolating.
Countries need to come together to learn from one another’s experiences in combating the virus, Tedros said, emphasizing that the “lack of global solidarity” has hampered the global response.
“The worst is yet to come” as many nations and world leaders remain divided on how to combat the virus, Tedros said. “I’m sorry to say that, but with this kind of environment and condition, we fear the worst.
And that’s why we have to bring our acts together and fight this dangerous virus together.”