The nations are going in the wrong direction with regard to Covid-19

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Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “too many countries have gone in the wrong direction”, writes BBC News.

The United States is currently at the epicenter of the pandemic, and tensions between President Donald Trump and medical experts have led to an increase in the number of cases.

At a news conference in Geneva on Monday, Dr. Tedros said “mixed messages from leaders” undermined public confidence in attempts to control the pandemic.

“The virus remains the number one public enemy, but the actions of many governments and people do not reflect this,” Tedros said.

The head of the WHO said that measures such as social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks in appropriate situations must be taken seriously and a return to the old normalcy in the near future is unrealistic.

“If the basics are not followed, there is only one direction in which this pandemic will go: from bad to worse,” said Dr. Tedros.

Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Emergency Program, said the reduction in blockades in America and the opening of areas had led to “intense transmission”.

He added that the closure of large regions would have huge economic consequences, but that local blockade in some places may be needed to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Ryan called on governments to implement clear and “strong” strategies, adding: “Citizens need to understand and find it easy to comply.”

“We need to learn to live with this virus,” Dr. Ryan said, warning that expectations that the virus could be eradicated or that an effective vaccine could be ready were “unrealistic” in a few months. In addition, he added that it is not yet known whether recovery after infection with the new coronavirus will lead to immunity and, if so, how long this immunity will last.

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