Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, "Although older people are at a higher risk of severe disease, younger people are at risk too".
"It tells us how frequently infection occurs among different populations, how many people have had mild or asymptomatic infection, and how many people have been infected but may not have been identified by routine disease surveillance". "We've said it before and we'll say it again: young people are not invincible", he added.More news: US House Foreign Affairs chairman subpoenas Pompeo
The WHO's Covid-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove said Thursday that the organisation had reacted immediately to the first signs of the pandemic, mobilizing its forces to act and inform.
Almost 40 countries have reported record single-day increases in coronavirus infections over the last week, around double the number that did so the previous week, according to a Reuters tally showing a pick-up in the pandemic in every region of the world.
"We are now at a crucial point in our response to COVID-19".More news: Lions QB Matthew Stafford placed on COVID-19/reserve list
The global health watchdog has been severely criticised for the amount of time it took to declare the pandemic an worldwide emergency. Pharma giants Sanofi and GSK said on July 29, 2020, that they have agreed to supply Britain with up to 60 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine. "And we know from a great deal of work that habits can be altered - and that can save lives".
"In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, countries are using a range of tools to influence behaviour: information campaigns are one tool, but so are laws, regulations, guidelines and even fines", he said.
He congratulated the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the steps that were put in place to make the Hajj as safe as possible this year, calling it a "powerful demonstration of the kinds of measures that countries can - and must - take to adapt to the new normal". "Some that were less affected in the earliest weeks are now seeing escalating numbers of cases and deaths", the World Health Organization chief said.More news: Wisconsin's governor makes face coverings mandatory in indoor spaces
"It's not easy, but it can be done".