The director of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Monday that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is still ahead.
The pandemic globally had infected nearly 2.5 million people and killed more than 167,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
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Tedros urged global solidarity and national unity in order to continue fighting the virus and help limit future deaths.
The global community has to take the virus on as a “common enemy for humanity” in order to defy it, he said.
“Please let's consider those who are dying as individuals, they are not numbers or figures. Even one life is precious,” Tedros said.
He said the novel coronavirus is a “dangerous combination,” comparing it to the 1918 influenza outbreak.
“This is happening in a hundred years for the first time again, like the 1918 flu that killed up to 100 million people,” he said. “But now we have technology, we can prevent that disaster, we can prevent that kind of crisis.”