Contact tracing most important step in coronavirus fight — World Health Organization chief

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Tedros said the pandemic is "speeding up" across the world, adding, "the worst is yet to come".

He noted the pandemic has brought out the "worst and best" in humanity.

The US alone accounts for more than a quarter of the world's coronavirus cases, with close to 2.6 million confirmed infections, and 126,131 deaths.

"The alarming increases in cases, positivity rates and hospitalisations signals that we, as a community, need to take immediate action to slow the spread of Covid-19", director of public health for Los Angeles County Barbara Ferrer said.

Finally, Dr Ryan stressed the importance of getting accurate information on the virus, including detail on the current situation in local areas, to allow people to make their own decisions on how to protect themselves.

This was possible even under extreme conditions, as the World Health Organization itself had shown by halting an outbreak of Ebola in eastern Congo, tracing 25,000 contacts a day in a remote area where some 20 armed groups were fighting, he added.

"Otherwise, we are quickly moving towards overwhelming our healthcare system and seeing even more devastating illness and death", she said.


The Drug Controller General of India has approved the company's application to conduct a Phase I and II clinical trial of Covaxin, which was developed along with the Indian Council of Medical Research's National Institute of Virology.

Lastly, is political leadership, which is to provide national unity and global solidarity to implement a comprehensive strategy to suppress transmission and save lives.

"The critical question that all countries will face in the coming months is how to live with this virus".

Responding to these events, Tedros told a virtual briefing yesterday: "Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world - and our lives - would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus". But the hard reality is that this is not even close to being over.

He warned that some countries are experiencing a resurgence of cases as they start to reopen their economy, with most people remaining susceptible.

"There's still a lot of virus", Schuchat said, CNBC reported.

Tedros also announced an updated and detailed timeline of the WHO's response to the pandemic for the public to understand how the United Nations health body has been responding to the outbreak. "We all want to get on with our lives", says Adhanom.

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