World Health Organization director-general once again warns of Covid-19 pandemic's acceleration

After 6 months, COVID-19 pandemic 'not even close' to being over - WHO

WHO warns that the "worst is yet to come"

While the WHO chief did not specify which countries and leaders he believes to be politicizing the crisis, US President Donald Trump has attacked WHO for its response to the pandemic and relationship with China, announcing his decision to cut all US funding for the organization on May 29.

"As restrictions are lifted and people move about more, it's important that we use the tools that have helped us suppress the virus to date".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the virus may have originated in a laboratory; China vehemently denied that it did. Beijing reacted sharply to that suggestion.

The U.N. health agency has repeatedly advised countries that shutting down their COVID-19 outbreaks requires having a strong contact tracing program in place, a labor-intensive process of tracking down contacts of people with coronavirus to ensure those at risk isolate themselves.

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More than 10m cases have been recorded worldwide since coronavirus emerged in China late previous year.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday that the coronavirus pandemic "is not even close to being over".

He added that although many countries have made some progress against the COVID-19, the pandemic is speeding up globally.

"If any country is saying contact tracing is hard, it is a lame excuse". "But it's also a time for all countries to renew their commitment to universal health coverage as the cornerstone of social and economic development - and to building the safer, fairer, greener, more inclusive world we all want", said Ghebreyesus. "We all want to get on with our lives", World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. "I'm sorry to say that. with this kind of environment and condition, we fear the worst".

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The coronavirus pandemic is "not even close to being over," the World Health Organization warned yesterday, as the global death toll passed half a million and cases surge in Latin America and the United States.

If contact tracing can work in a war zone, he said, it can work in nations at peace, no matter the scope and scale of the outbreaks.

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