Switzerland | WHO: Global number of COVID-19 cases, deaths stable over last week

WHO’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the global number of COVID-19 cases and deaths was “stable” last week, “but it is stable at a very high level – more than 4.5 million cases and 68,000 deaths.”

WHO’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Speaking to reporters today (25 Aug) in Geneva, Tedros said “the situation is very different from region to region, country to country, province to province and town to town,” adding that “some regions and countries continue to see steep increases in cases and deaths, while others are declining. As long as this virus is circulating anywhere, it’s a threat everywhere”

The Director-General also said, “even as we continue our work to understand how this pandemic started, we are also moving ahead with plans to strengthen the world’s defences against future epidemics and pandemics.”

He continued, “as you know, there have been several reports with many recommendations for how to do this, including the report of the Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response, the Review Committee of the International Health Regulations, the Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, and others. Most recently, the G20 established a High-Level Independent Panel on Financing the Global Commons for Pandemic Preparedness and Response.”


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