The COVID-19 pandemic continues to accelerate worldwide with millions of cases reported in just eight days, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said today.
"We know that the pandemic is much more than a health crisis, it is an economic, social crisis and in many political countries. "Its effects will be felt for decades," he added at a virtual conference hosted by the emirate of Dubai.
The WHO chief's warning comes as many countries have entered the phase of easing restrictive measures to revive their economies.
Last week, the head of the WHO described this new phase as "dangerous", stressing that despite the need to break free, the virus continues to spread rapidly and remains fatal.
"The world has entered a new and dangerous phase. Many people are tired of staying home. "Countries tend to reopen their societies and economies," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last week.
"But the virus continues to spread rapidly, it remains fatal and most people remain exposed," he added, noting that the WHO had registered more than 150,000 new cases in one day, a record since the epidemic began.
"We do not know when the next pandemic will occur, but we know it will have a tremendous impact on life and the world economy," Tedros said.