The outbreak of COVID-19 has spread globally affecting over 190 countries, thousands are infected and others dead. The number for recoveries is still not upto the mark. Also there have been complete lockdowns and curfews have been announced all over the world, no wonder the situation is quite stressful.
As per reports, On March 3, 2020, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, reported a 3.4% mortality rate from COVID-19. Although, it is very difficult to determine the mortality rate for coronavirus.
According to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO), a lockdown is not enough to eradicate coronavirus from the world. The situation demands to invest the lockdown time to find a cure for the virus.
Mr Ghebreyesus said in a daily briefing, “To slow the spread of COVID-19, many countries introduced “lockdown” measures. But on their own, these measures will not extinguish epidemics. We call on all countries to use this time to attack the coronavirus. You have created a 2nd window of opportunity.”
He also added – “Asking people to stay at home and shutting down population movement is buying time and reducing the pressure on health systems. But on their own, these measures will not extinguish epidemics.”
Considering his statements, he urges to take the lockdowns as an opportunity to solve the problem. Nevertheless, his main concern is how the countries decide to use the lockdown time to stop the spread, since just staying indoors will not solve the problem. Also he said, “We call on all countries who have introduced so-called lockdown measures, to use this time to attack the virus. You have created a second window of opportunity, the question is how will you use it?”
“Aggressive measures to find, isolate, test, treat and trace is not only the best and fastest way out of extreme social and economic restrictions. But they’re also the best way to prevent them.” the WHO chief added.
It is pretty much clear that the chief believes that aggressive measures of testing and treating patients should come into play. And this is the only way we can be anywhere near to finding a cure for COVID-19.
Based on WHO’s Coronavirus daily reports:
The total number infected cases – 478,341
Total number of deaths – 21,524
The total number of recoveries – 115,665
And this still leaves 341,152 active cases globally.