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Key Words: Coronavirus pandemic ‘not even close to being over,’ WHO chief warns. ‘The worst is yet to come’

His remarks came a day after COVID-19 reached two dire milestones: 10 million confirmed infections worldwide, and 500,000 deaths.

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“Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world — and our lives — would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus,” he said. “The pandemic has brought out the best and the worst of humanity.”

Tedros said WHO plans to send a team to Wuhan, China, next week to investigate the virus’s origins, a move sought by the U.S. President Donald Trump has harshly criticized WHO for what he’s called its close relationship with China, and has announced the U.S. will pull out of WHO.

At the briefing, Tedros reiterated that people, even those not feeling symptoms, need to continue to physically distance, wash their hands and wear masks when appropriate. “You may be in a low-risk category, but the choices you make could be the difference between life and death for someone else,” he said.

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Tedros said contact tracing was the best way to fight the spread of the disease, and expressed frustration at countries where it has not been successful.

“No excuse for contact tracing. If any country is saying contact tracing is difficult, it is a lame excuse,” he said.

Contact tracing has been notably poor in the U.S., with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, saying Friday that the process of tracking down people who may have been exposed to those infected was “not going well.”

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