İrem UZUN -TDO- The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that numerous countries are adopting the wrong approach in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, "Too many countries were headed in the wrong direction".
After a daily record of 230,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Sunday, the UN health agency said the pandemic was only going to get worse unless people stuck to the basics of physical distancing, handwashing, wearing masks and staying home if sick. The U.S., the worst affected country, has over 3.3 million confirmed cases and more than 135,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Tedros Adhanom said "I want to be straight with you - there will be no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future”. “Let me blunt - too many countries are headed in the wrong direction. The virus remains public enemy number one, but the actions of many governments and people do not reflect this". He added that if governments did not act to suppress the transmission, and if people did not follow "the basics" it would result in the pandemic getting "worse and worse and worse."
Tedros, whose leadership has been heavily criticized by U.S. President Donald Trump, said WHO had still not received formal notification of the U.S. pullout announced by Trump. The U.S. president says the WHO pandered to China, where the COVID-19 disease was first detected, at the start of the crisis. A WHO advance team has gone to China to investigate the origins of the new coronavirus, first discovered in the city of Wuhan. The team’s members are in quarantine, as per standard procedure, before they begin work with Chinese scientists, WHO emergencies head Mike Ryan said.