edros Adhanom Ghebreyesus - Director General, World Health Organization (WHO) delivering his opening remarks at the AI for Good Global Summit 2018/ 15-17 May 2018, Geneva- CC via Flickr/ ITU Pictures
GENEVA, May 6 (MENA) - The World Health Organization warned world leaders Wednesday that there can be “no going back to business as usual” following the coronavirus pandemic, which has upended economies and wreaked havoc on nearly every country across the globe, CNBC reported.
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said countries cannot “let preparedness go by the wayside. As we work on responding to this pandemic, we must also work harder to prepare for the next one. Now is an opportunity to lay the foundations for resilient health systems around the world, which has been ignored for long.”
While reported cases are beginning to decline in regions such as Western Europe, more cases are being reported every day in Eastern Europe, Africa, South-East Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Americas, Tedros said, adding an average of around 80,000 new cases have been reported to the agency every day.
“These are not just numbers. Every single case is a mother, a father, a son, a daughter, a brother, sister or friend,” he said.
Tedros urged caution to countries looking to ease social distancing restrictions intended to curb the pandemic. He said the risk of returning to lockdown “remains very real” if countries do not manage the transition “extremely carefully.”