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US News 10% of the population has been infected with the coronavirus, according to WHO

23:25  05 october  2020
23:25  05 october  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

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According to official figures, 35 million people have been infected worldwide with Covid-19. The figure could actually rise to 780 million cases.

Une femme passe un test PCR pour savoir si elle a le coronavirus, dans un laboratoire médical de Paris, le 4 septembre 2020 © afp.com/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT A woman takes a PCR test to find out if she has the coronavirus, in a medical laboratory in Paris, September 4, 2020

The number of infections with Covid-19 could be much higher that announced. The coronavirus would have infected 10% of the world population, estimated this Monday the WHO, whose boss called for an acceleration of the reform of the organization in the management of emergency situations.

Speaking at the opening of an extraordinary session of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) on the response to Covid-19, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus vigorously defended the work carried out by the organization, accused in particular by US President Donald Trump of incompetence in his management of the pandemic which killed more than a million people.

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At his side, the director of health emergencies of WHO , Michael Ryan, explained that around 10% of the world's population may have been infected, or around 780 million people as official figures rise to over 35 million cases. He also said that the organization, accused by Washington of being too close to China, had chosen members of the international team tasked with investigating the origins of the epidemic. However, no date has been put forward.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus defended him the reform he implemented over the past three years of an organization that had been accused of underestimating the extent of the Ebola crisis in West Africa between end of 2013 and 2016. But he called for a faster reform to be even more effective.

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 Von der Leyen in quarantine because of contact with someone infected with corona EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen went into quarantine after contact with someone infected with corona. She had been informed that a person she met at a meeting on Tuesday last week had tested positive for the novel corona virus on Sunday, said von der Leyen on Monday in the online service Twitter. A corona test on her on Thursday was negative. © ARIS OIKONOMOU EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen went into quarantine after contact with a corona infected person.

Expected improvements

"We are not on the wrong track, (...) but we must go faster. The pandemic is a warning signal for all of us", he declared, masked . “We all need to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves what we can do best,” he added.

This extraordinary two-day meeting of the WHO Executive Board, which brings together representatives of 34 countries elected for a period of three years and is responsible for preparing and implementing the decisions of the members of the organization, is than the fifth of its history.

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It was called by the WHO to follow up on a resolution approved by the Member States in May, providing for an "independent evaluation" of the reaction of the UN agency and the international community to the pandemic.

"The world needs a robust system of peer review," pointed out the head of the WHO, citing as an example the Universal Periodic Review set up by the Human Rights Council, a review to which all members of the UN must submit regularly. "We encourage countries to come up with new ideas," continued the Ethiopian, adding: "We must be open to change and we must implement the changes now."

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WHO criticized

WHO declared the global alert on January 30 in the face of Covid-19. The institution has since been strongly criticized, in particular by the United States, for having delayed declaring this state of emergency, while the coronavirus had been reported at the end of December in China.

The organization has also been criticized for recommendations deemed late or contradictory, in particular on the wearing of a mask or the modes of transmission of the virus. Others also pointed out that the organization lacked both budgetary resources and independence from states.

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On Monday, the Austrian representative, Clemens Martin Auer, praised the rapid response of the WHO to to Covid-19 as well as the efforts led by the organization in terms of "information", but called for a review of its governance. "We would have liked to meet earlier," he said in particular. "Is the Council an active body or is it a facade to express the gratitude [of countries] for the work that is being done?"

In recent weeks, several countries have launched avenues for reflection on reform of the WHO, such as the United States and the Franco-German couple. "We hope to be able to use this special session to begin to transform these many good ideas into actions", noted in video conference the American representative, Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for Health.

These reform projects will also be discussed by the 164 members of WHO in November. On this occasion, the countries will also discuss the consequences of the withdrawal of the United States, the agency's main donor. "This is a subject that concerns us a lot," said the Russian representative, in a video conference.

Robert Koch Institute reports more than 5,000 corona infections for the first time since April .
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