World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned on Monday that the new coronavirus pandemic is improving among European countries but getting worse globally.

According to Tedros in a press conference, in the last ten days more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19, the disease that causes the new coronavirus, have been reported to the WHO, and 75% of those reported this Sunday came from 10 countries, especially from America and South Asia.

In addition, Tedros said that most countries in Africa are experiencing an increase in cases, although he noted that most African countries have fewer than 1,000 cases. That said, while acknowledging the increase in cases in some parts of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, he noted that many regions are already experiencing very positive signs of reduction in the incidence of the disease.

However, the WHO director general pointed out that in countries where cases of contagion are decreasing there is a risk of complacency, warning that in regions where a seroprevalence study has been carried out it has been shown that most citizens have not passed the disease and therefore have not generated antibodies.

For this reason, Tedros insisted on the importance of active surveillance of cases to ensure that the virus does not spread, especially when social gatherings begin to be allowed.

Finally, he reported that the agency is developing the ‘COVID-19 Partner Platform’, an online tool that allows countries to enter planned activities for which they need support, and donors can match their contributions to these activities.

The platform also includes the ‘Covid-19 Supply Portal’, which allows countries to order critical diagnostic supplies, protective equipment and other essential medical supplies.


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