WHO says COVID-19 by far its worst global health emergency

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference in Geneva.

GENEVA: The new coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 16 million people is easily the worst global health emergency the World Health Organization (WHO) has faced, its director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday (Jul 27).

Only with strict adherence to health measures, from wearing masks to avoiding crowds, would the world be able to beat it, Tedros added at a virtual news briefing in Geneva.

“Where these measures are followed, cases go down. Where they are not, cases go up,” he said, praising Canada, China, Germany and South Korea for controlling outbreaks.

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