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Switzerland: WHO warns of collective failure at 'breaking the chains of transmissions' as cases spike04:18

Switzerland: WHO warns of collective failure at 'breaking the chains of transmissions' as cases spike

Switzerland, Geneva
January 16, 2021 at 00:02 GMT +00:00 · Published

WHO's Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus denounced a collective failure at "breaking the chains of transmissions" amid a rise in cases in Europe, Africa and the Americas, during a conference held in Geneva on Friday.

"We are collectively not succeeding at breaking the chains of transmission at the community level or within households. We need to close the gap between intent and implementation at the country and individual level because at present there is immense pressure on hospitals and health workers," stated Ghebreyesus.

"Health workers are exhausted, health systems are stretched and we're seeing supplies of oxygen run dangerously low in some countries. Now is the time we must pull together as common humanity and rollout vaccines to health workers and those at highest risk," he added.

The number of global cases reached 93,751,490 and over 2 millions deaths worldwide, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.

Switzerland: WHO warns of collective failure at 'breaking the chains of transmissions' as cases spike04:18
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WHO's Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus denounced a collective failure at "breaking the chains of transmissions" amid a rise in cases in Europe, Africa and the Americas, during a conference held in Geneva on Friday.

"We are collectively not succeeding at breaking the chains of transmission at the community level or within households. We need to close the gap between intent and implementation at the country and individual level because at present there is immense pressure on hospitals and health workers," stated Ghebreyesus.

"Health workers are exhausted, health systems are stretched and we're seeing supplies of oxygen run dangerously low in some countries. Now is the time we must pull together as common humanity and rollout vaccines to health workers and those at highest risk," he added.

The number of global cases reached 93,751,490 and over 2 millions deaths worldwide, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.