Geneva: The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that COVID-19 will stalk the earth for a long time, warning that most countries are still in the early stages of responding to a pandemic.
WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that some countries that think they have control of the new coronavirus are witnessing the resurgence of cases, while the rising trend in Africa and the Americas disturbed.
Faced with criticism, he also insisted that the UN health agency has declared a global emergency and prepared and planned response measures for countries in a timely manner.
WHO was criticized by the United States for its response to the pandemic, but Tedros rejected the call for his resignation.
“Most countries are still in the early stages of their epidemics. And some that were affected early in the pandemic are now starting to see a resurgence in cases,” he told a virtual press conference in Geneva.
“Make no mistake: we have a long way to go. This virus will be with us for a long time.”
He said most of the epidemics in western Europe appeared to be stable or declining.
However, “although numbers are low, we see worrying upward trends in Africa, Central and South America, and eastern Europe,” he said.