No return to ‘old normal’, says WHO chief, as COVID-19 cases top 15 million

No return to ‘old normal', says WHO chief, as COVID-19 cases top 15 million

WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu

Geneva (UNA-OIC) – Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu on Thursday warned that there will no return to “the old norma” as COVID-19 cases worldwide have surpassed 15 million, and nearly 620,000 deaths.

According to the UN health agency, most cases, or 10 million, were in just 10 countries, with the United States, Brazil and India accounting for nearly half. On Thursday afternoon, the US passed the milestone of four million infections.

Speaking from Geneva, the WHO chief urged people everywhere to play a part in preventing further spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re asking everyone to treat the decisions about where they go, what they do, and who they meet with, as life-and-death decisions – because they are,” said Tedros.

“It may not be your life, but your choices could be the difference between life and death for someone you love, or for a complete stranger,” he added.

COVID-19 has disrupted the lives of billions across the world, and the WHO Director General said it is understandable that people want to get on with their lives.

“But we will not be going back to the ‘old normal’. The pandemic has already changed the way we live our lives. Part of adjusting to the ‘new normal’ is finding ways to live our lives safely,” he advised.

“We must remember that most people are still susceptible to this virus. As long as it’s circulating, everyone is at risk, said Tedros, adding, “just because cases might be at a low level where you live, that doesn’t make it safe to let down your guard.”

The WHO chief underlined that anyone, regardless of age or where they live, can help lead efforts to beat the pandemic and build back better.

“In recent years we’ve seen young people leading grassroots movements for climate change and racial equality. Now we need young people to start a global movement for health – for a world in which health is a human right, not a privilege,” he suggested.



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