WHO says Covid-19 emergency declaration gave the world

GENEVA: Ghebreyesus gave a robust defense on Friday of his and the World Health Organization The opportune actions of the WHO to declare the new international emergency at the end of January.

The January 30 statement was made in time for the rest of the world to respond because at the time there were only 82 cases of infection and no deaths outside of China, Tedros said in a virtual press conference at WHO headquarters in Geneva.

Tedros said the WHO, which seeks to lead the global response to Covid-19, had used the days before declaring the global emergency as the time to visit China to learn more about the new virus.

During that visit, they also won an innovative agreement with China to send researchers, Tedros said.

Tedros asked about relations with the United States - its largest donor who suspended funding after criticizing WHO's management of the pandemic, said: We are actually in constant contact and working together.

Confirming that the Covid-19 pandemic remains clearly a global health emergency, Tedros said he had serious concerns about the potential impact of the disease as it begins to accelerate with weaker health systems.

WHO emergency chief Mike Ryan said the agency was seeing troubling increases in Covid-19 cases in Haiti, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and northern Nigeria .

Ryan also said that while the WHO recognized that some countries are beginning to consider reducing blocking measures, it was important for them to be constantly on the lookout for a jump in infections and to be ready to put them back in place if necessary. .

Tedros said WHO will continue to work with countries and partners to enable essential travel necessary for a pandemic response, humanitarian aid and cargo operations, and for countries to gradually resume normal passenger travel.

As we have clearly done from the beginning, we will continue to ask countries to implement a comprehensive package of measures to find, isolate, test and treat every case, and track every contact, he said.