WHO warns coronavirus pandemic accelerates its spread

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned this Monday that the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating and many countries are only responding defensively against COVID-19, a strategy that is still insufficient.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom, director general of the WHO, explained that the coronavirus SARS CoV-2 took 67 days to reach 100,000 cases, 11 to reach 200,000 and only four to reach 300,000, according to the official website of the organization.

He added that asking people to obey and stay at home and respect other social distancing measures is important to stop the spread and gain time, but they are defensive measures.

To win, we must attack with aggressive and well-directed tactics: testing all suspected cases, isolating and caring for all confirmed cases, and quarantining close contacts, the expert stressed.

Adhanom also expressed that measures to contain the coronavirus, such as border closures, may have exacerbated the lack of protective equipment.

"Even if we do everything else right, if we don't prioritize protecting health care workers, a lot of people will die because the doctor who could have saved their lives will be sick," he concluded.

WHO reports that there are more than 360,000 cases of infection in 178 countries around the world, with more than 15,000 deaths.

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