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WHO's Director General says COVID-19 may be controlled within 2-Years, Quicker than Spanish Flu a Century Ago

  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO), has said that the COVID-19 pandemic can be halted in less than 2-years because of the technological advances. He mentioned while speaking in Geneva on Friday that the Spanish Flu of 1918 took 2-years to halt but the current advances in technology may halt the virus in a shorter period of time. However, he also cautioned that in 2020 the connectivity across the world is much better than a century ago and that may pose a bigger threat of spreading. While at least 50 million people were affected by the deadly Spanish flu in 1918, COVID-19 novel coronavirus has still infected more than 22.7 million and killed over 800,000 people across the world. WHO’s director-general said that “we have also the technology to stop it, and the knowledge to stop it” and stressed upon the importance of “national unity, global solidarity”. With the increasing number of corruption cases reported in many countries including South Africa, Kenya, and others, Tedros Ghebreyesus said that he considers corruption-related PPE material is nothing less than murder as it puts the lives of health workers on risk. As Mexico climb to 3rd position in the total number of COVID-19 deaths (hovering around 60,000 deaths), the head of the WHO's health emergencies program Dr. Mike Ryan has warned that the scale of the outbreak in Mexico is still “clearly under-recognized”. He said that the rate of testing is just 3-in-100,000 in Mexico to 150-in-100,000 in the United States. New cases of COVID-19 infection are reported from across the world. The highest numbers of new cases are reported in India (67,715), Brazil (47,468), USA (42,658), Colombia (12,353), Peru (7,491), Argentina (7,253), Mexico (5,411), Russia (4,758), South Africa (3,149), and Iran (2,369). The Democratic nominee for the 2020 US Presidential election, Joe Biden has criticized US President Donald Trump by saying that he failed to protect the Americans and the US from the coronavirus pandemic. In the US, the total cases of infection and death stand at 5,622,540 and 175,363 respectively.