İrem UZUN -TDO- World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated on Monday that although some countries have made progress in fighting COVID-19, globally, “the pandemic is actually speeding up.” He said that most people remain susceptible, and that “the hard reality” is that the pandemic is “not even close to being over.”

Tedros noted that six months after China first alerted the WHO to a novel respiratory infection, the grim milestones of 10 million confirmed infections and 500,000 deaths had been reached. “Most people remain susceptible; the virus still has a lot of room to move. We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is that this is not even close to being over. Although many countries have made some progress globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up. The worst is yet to come. I’m sorry to say that,” he said. The WHO plans to convene a meeting this week to assess progress in research towards fighting the disease, he added.

According to the Guardian’s newspaper, the head of the WHO’s emergencies program, Mike Ryan, told that tremendous progress had been made towards finding a safe and effective vaccine to prevent infection, but there was still no guarantee the effort would succeed. In the meantime, countries could fight the spread of the disease by testing, isolating confirmed cases and tracking their contacts, he said. He singled out Japan, South Korea and Germany for their “comprehensive, sustained strategy” against the virus.

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