WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has stressed that the United Nations health agency had declared a top-level public health emergency on January 30, when there were fewer than 100 cases and no deaths outside China, where the virus first emerged.
"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". One of the challenges we face is convincing younger people of this risk.
"Evidence suggests that the spike in cases in some countries is partly due to younger people letting down their guard during the northern hemisphere summer", World Health Organization director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday.
He stressed that the world's youth "should be leaders and drivers of change" during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Many countries have reported that more than 40 percent of Covid-19-related deaths have been linked to long-term care facilities, and up to 80 per cent in some high-income countries.
The committee urged the World Health Organization to provide nuanced, pragmatic guidance on COVID-19 reactions "to reduce the risk of response fatigue in the context of socio-economic pressures".
Kerkhove noted that young people need to contribute more to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
The UN health body is meeting for the fourth time over the coronaivirus crisis exactly six months since declaring a public health emergency of worldwide concern (PHEIC).
"We did focus in the early days of this crisis on really driving our technical and operational assistance to countries that we would traditionally feel that need that assistance", he said.
"We know that habits are persistent, even if they aren't healthy".
An employee of an aid takes a sample of a man at a newly established Corona testing station in Dortmund, western Germany, on August 1, 2020, amid the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
He commended Saudi Arabia for implementing measures to make this year's Hajj pilgrimage as safe as possible.
"It's not easy, but it can be done".