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WHO Chief: Virus 'Speeding Up, Worst Yet to Come'

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By    |   Tuesday, 07 July 2020 03:51 PM

The World Health Organization has sounded another alarm on the global coronavirus pandemic, and no it is not about it going away.

In fact, it is "speeding up" and the "the worst is yet to come," according to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, as CNBC reported.

"Although many countries have made some progress, globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up," he told reporters during a virtual news conference. "We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives, but the hard reality is that this is not even close to being over."

As President Donald Trump officially pulled the United States from the WHO, along with its funding, Tedros fired a rebuke of "lack of global solidarity" and an alarm "the worst is yet to come."

"I'm sorry to say that, but with this kind of environment and condition, we fear the worst," he said. "And that's why we have to bring our acts together and fight this dangerous virus together."

More than 11.66 million people around the world have become infected and 539,057 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

"Some countries have now experienced a resurgence of cases as they start to reopen their economies and societies," Tedros said. "Most people remain susceptible. The virus still has a lot of room to move."

The Trump administration has reminded Americans that the shutdowns were intended to keep the severely ill from overwhelming the healthcare system and hospitals, so the infected could be treated. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Newsmax last month the strategy amid reopening will be test, quarantine, and contact trace potential community spread.

"The single most important intervention for breaking chains of transmission is not necessarily high-tech and can be carried out by a broad range of profession," Tedros said. "It's tracing and quarantine contacts. Six months since the virus started, it could be like a broken record to say exactly the same thing, but the same thing works. Test, test, isolate, quarantine cases."

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World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus fired a rebuke of "lack of global solidarity" and an alarm "the worst is yet to come," as President Donald Trump officially pulled United States from the WHO, along with its funding.
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