Countries complaining about contact tracing are 'lame'

"Knowing the source of the virus is very, very important", Tedros said.

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday warned that even after almost six months the new coronavirus first emerged, the COVID-19 pandemic is "not even close to being over".

"We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives", Ghebreyesus said.

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Currently, the US leads the world in both coronavirus infections and COVID-19 deaths.

It has now been six months since the first cases of a mysterious pneumonia-like illness were reported in Wuhan, China.

Speaking on the eve of the grim milestone, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday called for renewed global commitment to save lives as cases surpass 10 million worldwide, with 500,000 deaths, as the virus continues to spread, reports UNB.

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"Most people remain susceptible".

He further emphasized the importance of solidarity and urged countries to be bullish on research and contact tracing.

While many Americans may think that the worst has been and gone, the World Health Organization has warned that the pandemic, far from past its peak, is actually accelerating. "The hard reality is this is not even close to being over...we're all in this for the long haul".

However, Adhanom told ET that his team member Mike Ryan the Executive Director of the Health Emergencies Response program of WHO managed to carry out contact tracing in the war torn Democratic Republic of Congo during Ebola. The U.S. has had more than 2,500,000 confirmed cases along with over 126,000 deaths.

"No excuse for contact tracing". New records in case number highs are being set nearly daily due to expanding outbreaks in the South and West of U.S. Record-high counts of daily new cases last week were reported in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas.

In a speech via social media on Monday evening, Moreno announced more controls will be established across four areas in Quito: the capital's historical centre, Panecillo, Chilibulo, and La Ecuatoriana neighborhoods, in order to reduce the movement of people.

Ghebreyesus said the pandemic has brought out acts of kindness and resilience, but has been soured by stigma and misinformation.

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