The World Health Organisation has warned that the world is far from successfully containing the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Director-General of the Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, issued this warning during a virtual briefing to analyse the progress made in the fight against the pandemic, six months after the first outbreak.
He said that, notwithstanding the fact that some countries have made some progress in containing the virus, the whole world will be “in this for a long haul”.
“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. But the hard reality is this is not even close to being over.
“Although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up. We’re all in this together, and we are all in this for the long haul.
“We will need even greater stores of resilience, patience, humility and generosity in the months ahead.
“We have already lost so much — but we cannot lose hope,” he said.