GENEVA, July 23 (Xinhua) — The chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday highlighted that political leadership and community engagement are the two vital pillars of the response to COVID-19.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference that although all countries have been affected, intense transmission has been seen in a relatively small group of countries.
“Almost 10 million cases, or two-thirds of all cases globally, are from 10 countries, and almost half of all cases reported so far are from just three countries,” he said.
According to the latest figure released by the WHO, the three countries that were hit the hardest by the COVID-19 are the United States, Brazil and India.
Globally some 15 million cases have now been reported to the WHO, with almost 620,000 deaths.
“We’re asking everyone to treat the decisions about where they go, what they do and who they meet with as life-and-death decisions — because they are,” the WHO chief said. “It may not be your life, but your choices could be the difference between life and death for someone you love, or for a complete stranger.”
“In recent years we’ve seen young people leading grassroots movements for climate change and racial equality,” he said, adding that “now we need young people to start a global movement for health — for a world in which health is a human right, not a privilege.” Enditem