Coronavirus not ending soon, WHO warns

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a daily press briefing on COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, at the WHO headquaters on February 28, 2020, in Geneva. - The UN health agency has warned that the pandemic is not ending anytime soon PHOTO COURTESY

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the coronavirus crisis will not end any time soon.

According to WHO Chief Tendros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, many countries are only in the early stages of the fight, as the global death toll surpassed 180,000.

“Make no mistake: we have a long way to go. This virus will be with us for a long time,” Tedros told a virtual press conference.

“Most countries are still in the early stages of their epidemics. And some that were affected early in the pandemic are now starting to see a resurgence in cases.”He added.

The pandemic has sparked not only a health emergency, but a global economic rout, with businesses struggling to survive, millions left jobless, and millions more facing starvation.

Kenya has also been captured in this, whereby cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe warned that the pandemic surging is affecting counties as Mombasa, Nairobi, Mandera Kwale and Kilifi becoming the latest areas where the government has been forced to impose a no movement measures in a bid to curb the spread of the disease.

The WHO chief warned some countries to rush to lift lockdown restrictions which he termed might be detrimental in the near future.

US President Donald Trump — with an eye on widespread unemployment and his re-election prospects in November signed an executive order suspending the issuance of green cards for 60 days.

Health experts in the world’s biggest economy warned it could face a complicated second coronavirus wave if it dovetails with the seasonal flu this winter, as some US states moved to reopen select businesses.

Nations around the world have been scrambling to fight the pandemic — which has killed more than 180,000 people and infected nearly 2.6 million worldwide — while desperately seeking ways to limit the devastating economic fallout.