GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization expressed issue on Wednesday about the rising number of brand-new coronavirus cases in bad countries, even as lots of rich countries have actually begun emerging from lockdown.
The worldwide health body stated 106,000 new cases of infections of the novel coronavirus had been recorded in the past 24 hours, the most in a single day given that the break out started.
” We still have a long way to go in this pandemic,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference. “We are very concerned about increasing cases in low and middle income nations.”
Dr. Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies program, said: “We will soon reach the awful turning point of 5 million cases.”
The WHO has actually come under fire from U.S. President Donald Trump, who accuses it of having mishandled the break out and of favouring China, where the virus is thought to have actually emerged late last year. This week Trump threatened to withdraw from the WHO and completely withhold financing.
Tedros acknowledged getting a letter from Trump, however declined to comment further.
Tedros said he was dedicated to responsibility and would perform an evaluation into the reaction to the pandemic. Such a review was demanded by member states in a resolution this week that was passed by agreement, although the United States expressed bookings about some components of it.
” I said it time and time again that WHO calls for responsibility more than anybody. It needs to be done and when it’s done it needs to be an extensive one,” Tedros stated of the evaluation, while decreasing to state when it would start.
Ryan stated such evaluations are usually carried out after an emergency situation is over.
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” I for one would prefer, right now, to get on with getting the job done of an emergency situation response, of epidemic control, of establishing and distributing vaccines, of enhancing our monitoring, of saving lives and dispersing essential PPE to workers and discovering medical oxygen for individuals in fragile settings, reducing the impact of this illness on refugees and migrants,” he said.
Tedros said he had actually long been searching for other sources of financing for the WHO, stating its $2.3 billion budget was “really, very small” for a global firm, around that of a medium sized hospital in the developed world.
In remarks that could even more irritate Trump, Ryan, said people ought to prevent using the malaria medication hydroxychloroquine to treat or avoid coronavirus infection, other than as part of a clinical trial to study it.
Trump has actually stated he is taking hydroxychloroquine to avoid coronavirus infection.
” At this phase, (neither) hydroxychloroquine nor chloroquine have been as yet found to be effective in the treatment of COVID-19 nor in the prophylaxis against coming down with the disease,” Ryan stated. “In fact, the opposite, in that cautions have actually been issued by numerous authorities regarding the possible side results of the drug.”
( Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, Emma Farge in Geneva and Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi in Zurich; Writing by Peter Graff; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Giles Elgood)
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