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WHO Blames Bad Global Leadership For Worsening Pandemic

Leaders must stop 'politicizing' the pandemic - WHO
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The World Health Organization (WHO) director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus shared his concerns that the pandemic continues to worsen due to the lack of global leadership and cooperation between nations.

The WHO chief also warned leaders about “politicizing” the pandemic and inadvertently worsening the situation.

“The world is in desperate need of national unity and global solidarity. The politicization of the pandemic has exacerbated it,” said Ghebreyesus during a virtual forum yesterday evening, June 22. “The greatest threat we face now is not the virus itself, it’s the lack of global solidarity and global leadership. We cannot defeat this pandemic with a divided world.”

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While some countries are easing quarantine restrictions, the pandemic is showing no signs of slowing down. COVID-19 cases have surpassed nine million, with the U.S. and Brazil having the most number of cases in the world.

In the forum, Ghebreyesus noted that although it took three months before the virus reached one million cases, it’s only taken eight days for the cases to jump from eight million to nine million, proving that the pandemic is indeed “accelerating.”

The Philippines currently has 30,682 cases, 8,143 recoveries, and 1,177 deaths.

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