The Committee suggested a range of proposals for countries to bring the virus under control, including enhanced political commitment and leadership for national strategies and localised response activities driven by science, data, and experience.
They also acknowledged that member states have “tough choices” to make to turn the epidemic around.
While recognising that “it’s not easy”, the WHO chief maintained that “when leaders step up and work intensely with their populations”, the disease can be “brought under control”.
“It’s never too late to turn this pandemic around,” Tedros upheld, adding that “if we act together today, we can save lives and livelihoods”.
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This week, WHO is also launching a “mask challenge”, by encouraging people to send in photos of themselves wearing a protective mask.
In addition to being a key tool to stop the virus, masks have come to represent solidarity.
“If you’re a health worker, a frontline worker, wherever you are – show us your solidarity in following national guidelines and safely wearing a mask – whether caring for patients or loved ones, riding on public transport to work, or picking up essential supplies,” Tedros urged.
Breastfeeding during COVID
The UN official reminded that this is breastfeeding awareness week.
He reiterated WHO’s recommendation that mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be encouraged, the same as all other mothers, to initiate or continue to breastfeed.
He said that the “many, many benefits of breastfeeding for newborn babies and children substantially outweigh the potential risks for COVID-19 infection”.
Global coronavirus situation
Globally, the number of officially confirmed coronavirus cases has shot past 18 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
The total number of cases stood at 18,109,901 and the fatalities rose to 690,055 as of Monday evening, data compiled by JHU’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) showed.
Besides, 1,468,689 people recovered from virus infection globally.
Coronavirus situation in Bangladesh
The death tally from coronavirus in Bangladesh reached 3,184 on Monday as 30 more patients died of the virus in the last 24 hours, the health authorities announced at a regular online briefing.
But the number of tests came down drastically with only 4,249 samples being tested during this period. But more than one in four tests turned out to be positive – 1,356 in total.
Currently, Bangladesh’s officially confirmed cases stands at 2,42,102.