GENEVA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged COVID-19 affected countries to wake up to the realities on the ground instead of bickering, and to take control.
“People need to wake up. The data is not lying. The situation on the ground is not lying,” WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan said. The Americas are the hardest-hit region, with most cases and deaths registered in the United States, and with numbers skyrocketing in several countries in Latin America.
Asked about the dire situations in nations like Brazil and Mexico, which have been moving away from lockdowns despite ballooning numbers of infections and deaths, Ryan warned, “Too many countries are ignoring what the data is telling them”.
“There are good economic reasons that the countries need to bring their economies back online,” he said. “It’s understandable, but you cannot ignore the problem either. The problem will not magically go away,” he added.
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