'Pandemic far from over': WHO chief

2020-04-28 08:57:15CGTN Editor : Gu Liping ECNS App Download
Special: Battle Against Novel Coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern over the rising COVID-19 figures from Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America parts of Asia, warning that the pandemic is "far from over".

In a briefing on Monday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom also noted that some countries were experiencing a shortage in test kits because of the disruptions to travel globally.

"As in all regions, cases and deaths are underreported in countries in these regions because of low testing capacity," said Tedros.

"We are continuing to support these countries with technical assistance through our regional and country offices & with supplies through Solidarity flights. In the past week, we have delivered supplies to more than 40 countries in Africa & more are planned."

The WHO chief reiterated his calls for global unity in the fight against COVID-19.

"I continue to call for the world to come together in solidarity and national unity to confront the COVID-19  pandemic, but also to prevent the next one, and to build a healthier, safer, fairer world for everyone, everywhere," he said.

The remarks came as the global infection tally nears the three million mark and the death toll exceeds 207,000, according to data from U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.


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