World Health Organization praises Trump's leadership in response to coronavirus pandemic

Clay Curtis
March 26, 2020

The head of the World Health Organization commended U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday for "taking responsibility" for leading the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "But on their own, these measures will not extinguish epidemics". "But on their own, these measures will not extinguish epidemics", Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus added.

"We understand that these countries are now trying to assess when and how to ease these measures", Tedros said at a press briefing.

Addressing the media, Tedros said that lockdowns and stopping mass movement of people have been successful when it comes to buying time and reducing pressure on the health systems.

"First, expand, train and deploy your health care and public health workforce". It then raised the ire of many countries including the United States by praising China for its handling of the coronavirus.

"And sixth, refocus the whole of government on suppressing and controlling COVID-19".

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"These measures are the best way to suppress and stop transmission, so that when restrictions are lifted, the virus doesn't re-surge".

A total of 416,686 cases of COVID-19 were reported worldwide as of 18:00 CET (1700 GMT) Wednesday, as the virus spread to 196 countries and regions.

The WHO chief reiterayted the measures of testing and treating and siad, "Aggressive measures to find, isolate, test, treat and trace is not only the best and fastest way out of extreme social and economic restrictions, but they're also the best way to prevent them".

With 3,434 fatalities, Spain now has the second-highest number of coronavirus deaths globally after Italy's 6,820.

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