According to the UN website, WHO director general Tak Desai, at a press conference held in Geneva on 1, was deeply concerned about the rapid escalation of COVID-19 infection and global spread. He said that novel coronavirus pneumonia cases will reach 1 million cases in the next few days.
He said that in the past five weeks, people have seen an almost exponential increase in the number of new cases, covering almost every country, territory and region. The death toll has more than doubled in the past week. In the next few days, there will be 1 million confirmed cases and 50000 deaths.
He also said that although relatively few confirmed cases have been reported in Africa, Central America and South America, it is recognized that the 2019 coronavirus epidemic may have serious social, economic and political consequences for these regions.
In addition, tandesay also said that who continues to study the use of masks and collect all available relevant evidence, and continues to assess the potential use of masks in a wider range, so as to control the spread of 2019 coronavirus at the community level.
He said the debate on the use of masks at the community level continued. Who recommends that sick people and those who care for them use medical masks. However, in this case, the mask is only effective in combination with other protective measures.
Tan Desai pointed out that many countries require people to stay at home and stop population mobility, which helps to limit the spread of the virus, but may also have unexpected consequences for the poorest and most vulnerable people. He called on governments to introduce social welfare measures to ensure that vulnerable groups have access to food and other necessities in this crisis.
He pointed out, for example, that in India, Prime Minister modi announced a $24 billion package, including providing free rations to 800 million vulnerable people, cash transfers to 204 million poor women, and providing free cooking gas to 80 million families in the next three months.
He said that many developing countries will strive to implement social welfare plans of this nature. For these countries, debt relief is essential to enable them to take care of their people and avoid economic collapse. He said that the common appeal issued by who, the world bank and the International Monetary Fund is to reduce the debt of developing countries.