WHO chief: there is hope of turning COVID-19 outbreak around
Despite the fact that we reached 20 million registered cases of COVID-19 and 750,000 deaths, there is hope of defeating the virus, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
"I know many of you are grieving and that this is a difficult moment for the world. But I want to be clear, there are green shoots of hope and no matter where a country, a region, a city or a town is – it’s never too late to turn the outbreak around," he said.
According to him, some countries in the Mekong Region, New Zealand, Rwanda, and many island states across the Caribbean and the Pacific were able to suppress the virus early.
"New Zealand is seen as a global exemplar," Ghebreyesus stressed.
"My message is crystal clear: suppress, suppress, suppress the virus. If we suppress the virus effectively, we can safely open up societies," the WHO chief stressed.