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greater than 680,000 lifeless worldwide, WHO predicts "very lengthy" pandemic

The World Well being Group warned on Saturday that the Covid-19 pandemic was more likely to be "very lengthy", with results that will likely be "felt for many years to come back". The coronavirus has killed greater than 680,000 folks worldwide because the onset of the illness in late 2019 in China.

Assembly on Saturday August 1 in Geneva, the World Well being Group (WHO) warned that the Covid-19 pandemic was most likely going to be "very lengthy".

The group's Emergency Committee, assembly since Friday for the fourth time to reassess the pandemic, "harassed that its period was actually going to be very lengthy," WHO stated in an announcement.

"The WHO continues to estimate that the chance posed by Covid-19 may be very excessive", provides the textual content. "The emergency committee" (made up of 18 members and 12 advisers) "harassed the significance of a response that should be nationwide, regional and international" to the pandemic.

Velocity ​​up analysis on nonetheless unknown factors of the virus

In complete, the coronavirus has contaminated at the least 17.6 million folks worldwide and killed greater than 680,000, in response to a rely made by AFP from official sources.

The emergency committee known as on WHO to offer all international locations with pragmatic steering on how to reply to the pandemic, "to scale back the chance of responses to the epidemic weakening, in a context socio-economic pressures ".

The committee additionally recommends that the WHO speed up analysis on the nonetheless unknown factors of the virus, specifically its animal origin and its potential technique of propagation by animal means.

He additionally asks that factors similar to "the modes of transmission (of the virus), its potential mutations, immunity and correlates of safety" be clarified.

"A well being disaster as we see just one per century"

The committee assembly, which lasted six hours, happened at WHO headquarters in Geneva, with some individuals linked by video. It’s scheduled to fulfill once more in three months.

"This pandemic is a well being disaster similar to we solely see in a century and its results will likely be felt for many years to come back," WHO Director Normal Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated on Friday.

"Many scientific questions have been resolved, many are nonetheless ready to be resolved," he added. "Most individuals on the planet might be affected, even those that don’t dwell in hard-hit areas."

With AFP