COVID-19 “is a controllable pandemic” if countries step up measures to tackle it, the
“This is a controllable pandemic,” he said, according to a statement of his remarks.
“To save lives we must reduce transmission,” Tedros insisted.
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“We are deeply concerned that some countries are not approaching this threat with the level of political commitment needed to control it.
“The idea that countries should shift from containment to mitigation is wrong and dangerous,” he stressed.
“That means finding and isolating as many cases as possible and quarantining their closest contacts.”
Tedros has urged states to test every suspected case of COVID-19, prepare their health facilities, and pressed all states to innovate and share any new ways to prevent infections and minimise the impact of the outbreak.
“Even if you cannot stop transmission, you can slow it down and protect health facilities, old age homes, and other vital areas — but only if you test all suspected cases.”
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