Tracing contacts of people with coronavirus infections is the most crucial measure in battling the COVID-19 pandemic, and nations that are decaying to do so have no excuse, the World Health Organization chief announced on Monday.
“Although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told in a media briefing.
“We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is that this is not even close to being over,” he said. “Most people remain susceptible, the virus still has a lot of room to move.”
“No excuse for contact tracing. If any country is saying contact tracing is difficult, it is a lame excuse.”
“We can fight the virus better when we know everything about the virus, including how it started,” Tedros said. “We will be sending a team next week to China to prepare for that.”