WHO warns the need for joint consistency to continue the COVID fight

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Courtesy of: Reuters Connect

The coronavirus sweeping the world has shown no seasonal pattern and if health authorities take the pressure off fighting it, it will bounce back, the World Health Organization warned on Monday (August 10).

Dr Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies programme, said Western Europe and elsewhere needed to react fast to new flare-ups.

More than 19.92 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus globally and 729,883 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

Ryan also said the WHO trusts powerful nations such as the Group of Seven to reach a consensus on how to approach health crises such as the coronavirus.

France and Germany have quit talks on reforming the WHO in frustration at attempts by the United States to lead the negotiations, despite its decision to leave the WHO, three officials told Reuters.

The move is a setback for President Donald Trump as Washington, which holds the rotating chair of the G7, had hoped to issue a joint roadmap for a sweeping overhaul of the WHO in September, two months before the U.S. presidential election.

“We are all vulnerable to risks, we need to find global solutions,” Ryan said, “we trust the G7 will play a major part in that in the months and years to come.”

Ryan said that Brazil is registering 50,000-60,000 cases per day. “Brazil is sustaining a very high level of epidemic, the curve is somewhat flattened, but it’s not going down and the system is under great deal of pressure.

“In a situation like that, hydroxychloroquine is not a solution and not a silver bullet”, he added, referring to the malaria drug which President Jair Bolsonaro has encouraged Brazilians to take against COVID-19.