World Health Organization declares the pandemic is accelerating

World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom said during March 23 press briefing that COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating.

“The pandemic is accelerating. It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach the first 100,000 cases, 11 days for the second 100,000 cases and just 4 days for the third 100,000 cases. You can see how the virus is accelerating,” the WHO chief said.

However, Adhanom said “we’re not prisoners to statistics. We’re not helpless bystanders. We can change the trajectory of this pandemic.”

“Numbers matter, because they’re not just numbers. They’re people, whose lives and families have been turned upside down,” he noted. “But what matters most is what we do.”

“Asking people to stay at home and other physical distancing measures are an important way of slowing down the spread of the virus and buying time – but they are defensive measures,” he said.

“To win, we need to attack the virus with aggressive and targeted tactics –  testing every suspected case, isolating and caring for every confirmed case, and tracing and quarantining every close contact,” he explained.