Geneva: Even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to play havoc across the globe, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the world should be prepared for yet another epidemic.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who is closely following the coronavirus epidemic and its effects, said this late on Monday evening.
Tedros said that countries around the world should invest large amounts of money in public healthcare before the next global epidemic, otherwise a situation similar to the coronavirus pandemic could occur yet again.
The WHO chief said that 27.7 million people have been infected and more than 8.88 million people have lost their lives all over the world due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The WHO chief said during a press briefing in Geneva that this is not the last global pandemic. History has witnessed many global epidemics. These epidemics are the reality of life. They do not end. But before the second pandemic strikes the world, countries around the globe must make full preparations.
“This will not be the last global pandemic. History has taught us that outbreaks and pandemics are a fact of life. But when the next global pandemic comes, the world must be ready. We must be more ready than we were was this time,” Tedros told the media in Geneva.
Countries around the world should jointly research vaccines and medicines for potential diseases. More and more money should be put into public health. Immediate arrangements should be made for the manufacture and market of vaccines and medicines so that whenever an epidemic spreads, it can be controlled immediately.
Coronavirus pandemic in India
According to the latest update released this morning by the Health Department, the total confirmed cases in the country are 42,80,423, in which 72,775 people have died. There are currently 8,83,697 active cases in the country. At the same time, the number of recoveries has increased to 33,23,951.
Over the last 24 hours, the number of coronavirus infections in the country has increased by 75,809. While 1,133 people have died.