COVID-19 could be here to stay, WHO Chief warns

By Nzioka Justin | Thursday, Apr 23rd 2020 at 14:50
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With already over 2.6 million infected globally, among them over 180,000 dead, COVID-19 could take a while before it clears.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the majority of nations are in the early infection stages. That means the worst is still yet to be having nothing to rejoice about. US is reportedly at the risk of getting a second wave for COVID-19.

The warning comes at a time when the USA is now racing to re-open business amid the outbreak. Not only has the pandemic dealt a blow to the health sector, but the global economy as well.

Since its outbreak, many businesses have shut down operations, with millions losing employments. It has already been reported before that nations will take as long as two years after the outbreak, to at least have their economy's recovery.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom warned nations against lifting up lockdowns, revealing that there is yet a long way. "Make no mistake; we have a long way to go. The virus will be with us for a long time," stated Tedros Adhanom via a virtual conference.

European region among them the United States has already registered over 110,000 fatalities, followed by Italy having over 25,000 deaths. Spain has already stated that they did not intend to lift their lockdown until possibly around mid-May.

Business in Germany is slowly resuming, with COVID-19 vaccine trials set to kick off next weeks, raising some hope.

United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield also warned Americans to brace for COVID-19 re-infection, should it mix with seasonal flu.

"There is a possibility that the virus assault on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one that we just went through," stated Mr. Redfield.

Following the outbreak's impact, the United Nations World Food Programme (UN-WFP) has also lamented that over 265 million people could be left starving by the end of this year.

The outbreak has resulted in even those who die abroad being buried there without even their families. This is currently due to the suspension of flights worldwide; hence corpses cannot be sent back home.

People have now been left to die alone, owing to the pandemic's global impact.

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