'We Are At War,' WHO Head Says, Warning Millions Could Die From COVID-19

Testing and treating every case 'is not an option; it's an obligation,' says the WHO's Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Both Italy and the U.S. are poised to surpass China's tally of coronavirus cases.

27.3.2020

'We are at war with a virus that threatens to tear us apart,' the WHO director-general told world leaders today — warning that millions of people could die if governments don't take aggressive action against the coronavirus.

Testing and treating every case 'is not an option; it's an obligation,' says the WHO's Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Both Italy and the U.S. are poised to surpass China's tally of coronavirus cases.

Enlarge this image "Fight like your lives depend on it – because they do," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday. He praised social distancing and other efforts to stop the coronavirus — but added that alone, they're not enough. Here, the Magic Bag theater uses its marquee to support the COVID-19 fight in Ferndale, Mich., on March 26. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images "Fight like your lives depend on it – because they do," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday. He praised social distancing and other efforts to stop the coronavirus — but added that alone, they're not enough. Here, the Magic Bag theater uses its marquee to support the COVID-19 fight in Ferndale, Mich., on March 26. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images "We are at war with a virus that threatens to tear us apart," World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told world leaders Thursday, in a special virtual summit on the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadly coronavirus, Tedros said,"is the defining health crisis of our time." As the WHO head spoke, the number of coronavirus cases worldwide was . More than 20,000 people have died, and both Italy and the U.S. are poised to surpass China atop the list of countries with the most coronavirus cases. In the U.S., thousands of National Guard members are bolstering vital support systems, such as helping to distribute supplies at food banks . An increasing share of the world's population is under orders to stay at home; many schools and businesses are being told to shut down. Two weeks after deeming the viral respiratory disease a global pandemic, Tedros told those attending the G20 Extraordinary Leaders' Summit on COVID-19,"The pandemic is accelerating at an exponential rate." He noted that while it took weeks for the first 100,000 cases to accrue, the most recent 100,000 cases were reported over the course of just two days. Millions of people could die if governments don't take aggressive action against the coronavirus, Tedros said . The summit's participants included the world's most powerful leaders, from President Trump to China's President Xi Jinping. The pandemic is doing damage to the world's social, political and economic systems that will only be revealed with time, Tedros said. The head of the WHO concluded his speech by making three requests of his audience. "First, fight. Fight hard. Fight like hell," Tedros said."Fight like your lives depend on it – because they do." Urging aggressive action to to stop the virus, the WHO head said: "Many of your countries have imposed drastic social and economic restrictions, shutting schools and businesses, and asking people to stay at home. "These measures will take some of the heat out of the epidemic, but they will not extinguish it. "We must do more. We must immediately build, expand, train and deploy health workers to find, test, isolate and treat every case and trace every contact. This is not an option; it's an obligation." His other requests were for the world's most influential countries, to unite in the fight against coronavirus to share strategies and resources, and to ignite their industries' innovation, to create vaccines and therapeutics and to form"a global movement to ensure this never happens again." "We may speak different tongues and adhere to different creeds, but we are made of the same stuff. We are one human race," Tedros said. "Fight. Unite. Ignite. Read more: NPR

wccjtsan Can’t wait for e govt ya’ll. It’s failed the people dramatically. Help each other now. We are not giving up our rights! Figure it out! Same WHO cheif lied so many times since the virus outbreak began. Go back and check his tweets. Agree that we have to take strict action to avoid damage, but why was WHO cozy with China?

WHO is the enemy They still don't get that rocketman convinced only useless people will die. WHO DrTedros Or for free, right now...assume every grocery worker has been or will be exposed. Put ONE mask on an asymptomatic grocery worker to protect 1000+. Who’s infected? Takes too long to test. Give them all masks now! *Retweet to share hope* ProtectAchillesHeel MasksForMarkets

Let's get one thing straight WHO Dr Bruce 'mengele' Aylward DrTedros BeijingBros ChinaLiedPeopleDied are the reason the world is in this mess. No one will ever trust anything they ever say again. They need to all resign About time except Trump doesn't know what war is. I will listen and adhere to only WHO, a UN organization and my state leaders. CDC is under trump's control.

GetSmart and ProtectAchillesHeel. We have the wisdom. It started in a market. We’re still lining up for it. Will continue to spread til we make those markets & workers safer. Can’t test me? Test an asymptomatic grocery clerk. MasksForMarkets TestGroceryWorkers ProtectUsAll

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Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande Are Quietly Donating to Fans Who've Lost Work During COVID-19 OutbreakThey've also donated to WHO, Feeding America, and other organizations focused on COVID-19 relief.

Angelina Jolie Donates $1 Million to No Kid Hungry to Help With COVID-19 ReliefAngelina's donation will be used to help feed children in low-income families.

Drew Brees Donating $5 MILLION to COVID-19 Relief in LouisianaDrew Brees just announced he's donating $5 MILLION to the State of Louisiana to help with coronavirus relief efforts ... just days after signing a new $50 mil contract with the Saints. Of course he did. This guy keeps on being a true good guy. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾❤️ CashNastyGaming

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