WHO expert says world has ‘long, long way to go’ in COVID-19 fight

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WHO chief ‘shocked and appalled’ by Afghan clinic attack

GENEVA: The World Health Organization’s top emergencies expert cautioned yesterday the world had a “long, long way to go” to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control, despite tentative steps in many countries to begin restarting normal life.

Dr Mike Ryan, head of the WHO’s emergencies programme, said risks from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, remained high at “national, regional and global levels”.

Speaking at an online news briefing, Ryan said “very significant control” of the virus was required in order to lower the current risk assessment.

Meanwhile, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said yesterday he was “shocked and appalled” by an attack on a maternity clinic run by the international humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières in Afghanistan.Gunmen dressed in police uniforms on Tuesday stormed the Kabul hospital that housed the clinic, killing 16 people including two newborn babies. Medical facilities “should never be a target”, Tedros told an online press briefing. —Agencies

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