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WHO says COVID-19 by far its worst global health emergency

GENEVA, July 27 – The new coronavirus pandemic that has infected more than 16 million people is easily the worst global health emergency the World Health Organization (WHO) has faced, its director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.

Only with strict adherence to health measures, from wearing masks to avoiding crowds, would the world be able to beat it, Tedros added at a virtual news briefing in Geneva.

“Where these measures are followed, cases go down. Where they are not, cases go up,” he said, praising Canada, China, Germany and South Korea for controlling outbreaks. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, Emma Farge, Michael Shields; Writing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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