(UNO Agency) – The general director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned that the probability of new animal viruses affecting people is increasing, due to industrialization and the reduction of wild spaces.
“We know with certainty that in the future there will be new viruses and another of the so-called X diseases. But we also have the tools to stop them and we know that the only way to face these global threats is with a global community, united in solidarity and committed to cooperation, “Tedros said at a press conference.
In this sense, and focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic, the director general of the WHO underlined the increase in cases and deaths that have occurred in recent weeks in the world, which is again putting in danger the hospital capacity of the countries.
Thus, Tedros called on governments to implement concrete measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, to ensure healthcare and to protect healthcare professionals. In addition, he urged citizens to continue to maintain physical distance, wash their hands, keep windows open in closed spaces and avoid going to places with many people.
“This pandemic has shown that regardless of whether countries are rich or poor, health systems can be completely overwhelmed and essential services can collapse,” he said to settle, warning that “all countries must work together and invest to ensure that a pandemic of this magnitude and severity never happens again.”