Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, noting that Covid-19 cases have increased in some regions, stated that he was worried that it is becoming increasingly difficult to understand how the virus mutates.
Speaking at the press conference at the organization’s Geneva headquarters, Ghebreyesus evaluated the latest developments regarding Covid-19.
Addressing the Covid-19 wave that has hit North Korea for the past week, Ghebreyesus said, “As WHO, we are concerned about the further spread of Covid-19 in the country where the population is unvaccinated and many people are at risk of serious illness and death.”
Drawing attention to the weakness of the health system in North Korea, Ghebreyesus underlined that WHO is ready to help North Korea in sharing information and data on the fight against Covid-19.
Ghebreyesus also pointed out that the cases have increased in 4 of the 6 regions of WHO, “It is becoming increasingly difficult to follow how the virus mutates, as many countries reduce the capacity of testing and genome sequencing.”
Stating that the World Health Meeting, which will start on May 22 in Geneva, is of critical importance, Ghebreyesus said, “In addition to the epidemic, how to end the emergency situation, increasing access to vaccines and antiviral drugs will be discussed.” he said.