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No time to take foot off pedal: WHO warns countries to keep up fight against virus

The World Health Organization urged countries to press on with efforts to contain the novel coronovirus, noting the global situation is worsening... #SurgeinPandemic

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries to press on with efforts to contain the novel coronovirus, noting the global situation is worsening.

"More than six months into the pandemic this is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal," WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told an online briefing.

"This is the time for countries to continue to work hard, on the basis of science, solutions and solidarity".

More than seven million people have now been confirmed to have the coronavirus with at least 409,000 dying from the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The US, the UK and Brazil have recorded the highest death tolls.

Whereas, malls and temples reopened in several Indian cities on Monday despite the country reporting a record daily number of new coronavirus infections, with the pandemic expected to ravage the country for weeks to come.

Lockdowns averted 3m deaths across Europe: Study

Restricting measures imposed by governments in 11 European countries have averted the deaths of more than three million people, according to a new modelling study produced by the Imperial College of London.

"Our results show that major non-pharmaceutical interventions, and lockdown in particular, have had a large effect on reducing transmission," the authors said in the study, published in Nature Research.

Using European Centre of Disease Control data on deaths in 11 nations in the period up to May 4, they compared the number of observed deaths in the countries against those predicted by their model if no restrictions had been imposed.

As a result, they estimated that around 3.1 million deaths had been averted by the policies.

Source: News Agencies

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