By Laura Taylor •
Published: 16 Jul 2020 • 23:56
Head of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns that the coronavirus pandemic is not over. CREDIT: Twitter
THE general director for the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has praised Spain as a prime example that with leadership and political action, as well as social support, the new coronavirus can be ‘controlled’, no matter what the state of the transmission is.
Tedros attended the State ceremony which was held in the Plaza de la Armería of Spain’s Royal Palace for the victims lost to the Covid-19 pandemic in Spain and for the health professionals who have fought tirelessly against the virus.
“Spain has shown that with leadership and political action, backed by the support of the community, Covid-19 can be controlled, regardless of what stage the transmission of the virus is in a country. Being severely affected, Spain has reversed its trajectory of the outbreak. Although we have witnessed the suppression of the virus throughout Spain, I support the commitment of the Spanish authorities to remain vigilant in the face of the persistent threat posed by Covid-19,” said the WHO Director-General.
And, as you have recalled, there was a time when Spain was among the countries most affected by the new coronavirus and, in fact, about 10,000 new cases were reported at the peak of the outbreak in a single day. “Since then, intensive efforts, led by robust surveillance, testing, contact tracing, treatment and isolation, have successfully suppressed transmission,” Tedros said.
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Laura Taylor is a graduate from the University of Leeds. At university, she obtained a Bachelors in Communication and Media, as well as a Masters in International Relations. She is half British and half Spanish and resides in Malaga. Her focus when writing news typically encompasses national Spanish news and local news from the Costa del Sol.
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