The World Health Organization (WHO) warns the world yesterday that “the worst is yet to come” six months after the Covid-19 pandemic broke out.
The death toll has surpassed 500,000 and the number of confirmed infections is now over 10 million; WHO said the fight to save lives now requires renewed commitment.
WHO chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world and our lives would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus. We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives.
He disclosed that the harsh reality is that this is not even close to being over, even as many countries have made some progress.
“…globally the pandemic is actually speeding up. We’re all in this together, and we’re all in this for the long haul”.
He said the world will need even greater stores of resilience, patience, humility and generosity in the months ahead. He revealed that we have already lost so much but that we cannot afford to lose hope.
Tedros also said the pandemic had brought out the best and worst humanity. He cited acts of goodness and solidarity, but also of misinformation and the politicisation of the virus.