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COVID-19 Will Be Here for a Long Time – WHO

Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gbebreyesus, said in a media briefing Wednesday 22 April that the world will still have to fight COVID-19 for quite a while.

COVID-19 has spread across the world, infecting more than 2.5 million people with a death toll of nearly 200,000. The WHO chief mentioned that many countries are only experiencing early phases of transmission while others, who thought they had flattened the curve, are seeing resurgence.

The WHO revealed that most countries remain unprepared to fight the outbreak, with many gaps that make them susceptible to an outbreak of the virus. The WHO officials warn that countries, particularly African countries, need to guard against complacency and set up public health measures to curb the spread of the virus in their countries. 

These steps, according to the global health body, include training and expanding public health workforce, ramping up testing capacity, increasing surveillance systems, and focusing on suppressing and containing the infection.

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