Over 20,000 dead, three billion under lockdown globally due to Coronavirus

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As the world has been gripped by the Coronavirus epidemic, the toll has surpassed the 20,000 with over three billion people around the world living under lockdown.

As the number of confirmed cases worldwide soared past 450,000, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that only a concerted global effort could stop the spread of the virus.

A total of more than 21,287 deaths have now been reported in 182 countries and territories.

Meanwhile, Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Wednesday said that a lockdown, which is being implemented by several countries will not be enough to eradicate the coronavirus pandemic from the world.

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“To slow the spread of #COVID19, many countries introduced “lockdown” measures. But on their own, these measures will not extinguish epidemics. We call on all countries to use this time to attack the #coronavirus. You have created a 2nd window of opportunity,” Director-General of WHO said.

“Asking people to stay at home and shutting down population movement is buying time & reducing the pressure on health systems. But on their own, these measures will not extinguish epidemics,” he added.

“We call on all countries who have introduced so-called lockdown measures, to use this time to attack the virus. You have created a 2nd window of opportunity, the question is how will you use it?”

While reinforcing the measures of testing and treating, Tedros said: “Aggressive measures to find, isolate, test, treat and trace is not only the best and fastest way out of extreme social and economic restrictions, but they’re also the best way to prevent them.”

(With agencies input)

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