- WHO has warned that the global pandemic called coronavirus is not close to being over
- The global health agency stated this as the death toll passed half a million globally
- The organization also that the pandemic is speeding up despite the progress made in some countries
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Following the death toll from coronavirus passing half a million threshold globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday, June 29, warned that the pandemic is not even close to being over.
Legit.ng gathers that the director-general of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, disclosed this at a media briefing on COVID-19.
Ghebreyesus speaking on the six-month anniversary of the outbreak noted that everyone wants the pandemic to be over so as to get on with their lives. However, the reality is that the pandemic is not even close to being over.
“We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is this is not even close to being over,” he said.
The WHO director-general went on to note that though many countries have made some progress, the pandemic is actually speeding up globally.
Recall that WHO said breastfeeding does not pose a risk of mother-to-child transmission of COVID-19.
The organization said the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission.
Ghebreyesus said the organization carefully investigated the risks of breastfeeding mothers transmitting COVID-19 to their babies.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that as researches are being conducted worldwide by experts to arrive at a possible cure for the novel coronavirus pandemic, WHO has welcomed the initial clinical trial results from the United Kingdom.
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In a statement issued on Tuesday, June 16, WHO said that the trial results show that dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, can be lifesaving for patients who are critically ill with COVID-19.
The statement further stated that for patients on ventilators, the treatment was shown to reduce mortality by about one third, and for patients requiring only oxygen, mortality was cut by about one fifth.
In a related development, the federal government has advised Nigerians to hope for the best but prepare for the worst in dealing with the realities of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
The advice was specifically given by the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja on Tuesday, May 19.
Ehanire, therefore, urged all Nigerians especially those in the health sector to dedicate a great amount of time at this period to gather vital knowledge about the disease.
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