The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed more than 300,000 cases of coronavirus disease pandemic and warned that the virus is “accelerating”,
The WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a joint news conference with Fifa president Gianni Infantino to launch a “kick out coronavirus” campaign featuring footballers said it was still possible to “change the trajectory”.
He urged countries to adopt rigorous testing and contact-tracing strategies.
“What matters most is what we do. You can’t win a football game by defending. You have to attack as well,” he told Dr Tedros said asking people to stay at home and other physical-distancing measures were an important way of slowing down the spread of the virus, but described them as “defensive measures that will not help us to win”.
“To win, we need to attack the virus with aggressive and targeted tactics – testing every suspected case, isolating and caring for every confirmed case, and chasing and quarantining every close contact.”
Dr Tedros expressed alarm at reports from around the world of large numbers of infections among health workers, which appeared to be the result of a shortage of adequate personal protective equipment.
“Health workers can only do their jobs effectively when they can do their jobs safely,” he warned. “Even if we do everything else right, if we don’t prioritize protecting health workers many people will die because the health worker who could have saved their life is sick.”