AGENCIES, Switzerland: While the world slowly and painfully recovers from the coronavirus pandemic that has infected over 2.5 million people and killed more than 1,80,000, the grim reality is that all is not over yet.
According to a statement by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday, COVID-19 will stalk the planet for a long time to come.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said some countries that thought they had the new coronavirus under control, but were witnessing a resurgence in cases, while there were troubling upward trends in Africa and the Americas.
Ghebreyesus also claimed that the UN health agency had declared a global emergency in good time on January 30 for countries to prepare and plan their response.
“Most of the epidemics in western Europe appear to be stable or declining,” Tedros told a virtual press conference in Geneva.
“Although numbers are low, we see worrying upward trends in Africa, Central and South America, and eastern Europe.”
“Most countries are still in the early stages of their epidemics. And some that were affected early in the pandemic are now starting to see a resurgence in cases.
“Make no mistake: we have a long way to go. This virus will be with us for a long time.”
WHO has been heavily criticised by the United States for its handling of the pandemic but Ghebreyesus brushed off calls for him to resign.