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COVID-19 ’10 times deadlier than swine flu’ says WHO boss

By June 16, 2020 No Comments
The director general of the World Health Organisation has said that COVID-19 is “10 times deadlier” than swine flu, as he urged nations to be cautious in lifting social restrictions.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said health authorities were continuing to learn about the virus, and that evidence from countries around the globe was providing a clearer picture about “how it behaves, how to stop it and how to treat it”.
Dr Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the World Health Organization.(AP/AAP)
“We know that in some countries, cases are doubling every three to four days.
“However, while COVID-19 accelerates very fast, it decelerates much more slowly.
“In other words, the way down is much slower than the way up.”
He cautioned that social restrictions had to be lifted “slowly, and with control” when the time was right.
US President Donald Trump is among the number of world leaders pushing for restrictions to lift and “business as normal” to resume soon.
Donald Trump called a CBS reporter a 'fake' for asking about the White House's inaction on coronavirus in February.
US President Donald Trump wants the US to lift restrictions soon.(AP)
But Dr Tedros said this could only happen when the right public health structures were in place.
“As I have said many times, physical distancing restrictions are only part of the equation, and there are many other basic public health measures that need to be put in place,” he said.
“We also call on all countries to ensure that where stay-at-home measures are used, they must not be at the expense of human rights.”
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