WHO / COVID-19 TEDROS GRANDI

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The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating, with more than 150,000 new cases of COVID-19 reported to World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday – “the most in a single day so far,” the WHO’s chief, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said today in Geneva. WHO

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DATELINE: 19 JUNE 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, Tedros, Ryan and Grandi at the podium in press room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO:
"The pandemic is accelerating. More than 150,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported to WHO yesterday – the most in a single day so far. Almost half of those cases were reported from the Americas, with large numbers also being reported from South Asia and the Middle East."
3. Wide shot, Tedros, Ryan and Grandi at the podium in press room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO:
"The world is in a new and dangerous phase. Many people are understandably fed up with being at home. Countries are understandably eager to open up their societies and economies. But the virus is still spreading fast, it’s still deadly, and most people are still susceptible. We call on all countries and all people to exercise extreme vigilance."
5. Wide shot, Tedros, Ryan and Grandi at the podium in press room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Michael Ryan Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, WHO:
"So, you may have a second peak within your first wave, and then you may have a second wave. It's not either or. The second peak depends on how good, how strong and how effective the control you have over the disease at this present moment. If you start to experience a second peak, then the chances are that the disease is spreading in a way that you have not got full control over that."
7. Wide shot, Tedros, Ryan and Grandi at the podium in press room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Michael Ryan Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, WHO:
"So., I think it's not indicating that Europe is the origin of the disease at all. What it's saying most likely is that the disease was probably imported from outside Beijing at some point. Establishing when that happened and how long the chain of transmission is, is important. And that's where we're pleased to see the intensity of the investigation ongoing, to ensure that we can find where that cluster began. And again, it demonstrates just how dangerous a cluster can be in a closed environment. Whether that transmission is occurring person to person or through environmental contamination, where an individual can contaminate the environment, and all of the various hypotheses that have been looked at."
9. Wide shot, Tedros, Ryan and Grandi at the podium in press room
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO:
"As the pandemic gathers pace, it’s the most vulnerable who will suffer the most. All countries rich and poor have populations who are vulnerable to a higher risk of severe disease and death. Tomorrow is World Refugee Day – an important moment to highlight the risks of COVID-19 for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Refugees are particularly at risk of COVID-19 because they often have limited access to adequate shelter, water, nutrition, sanitation, and health services."
11. Wide shot, Tedros, Ryan and Grandi at the podium in press room
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO:
"Over 80 per cent of the world’s refugees and nearly all the world’s internally displaced people are hosted in low and middle-income countries. WHO is deeply concerned about the very real and present danger of widespread transmission of COVID-19 in refugee camps. Beyond the health threat posed by the virus, COVID-19 is also exposing many refugees to even more severe hardship."
13. Wide shot, Tedros, Ryan and Grandi at the podium in press room
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
"The key issue that we have been impressing on governments is that refugees, displaced people, other people on the move, must be included in national health responses. And this is again, an area in which we have cooperated very well with WHO. I have to say that in most countries, this has happened. There was a clear understanding that if you excluded this population, it would be actually a liability for the rest of the population as well."
15. Wide shot, Tedros, Ryan and Grandi at the podium in press room

STORYLINE:

The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating, with more than 150,000 new cases of COVID-19 reported to World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday – “the most in a single day so far,” said WHO’s chief, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus.

About half of those cases come from the Americas, but the south Asia and the Middle East are also reporting big numbers, the WHO’s Director General Dr Tedros said in a press briefing on Friday (19 Jun) in Geneva.

"The world is in a new and dangerous phase,” said Dr Tedros. “Many people are understandably fed up with being at home. Countries are understandably eager to open up their societies and economies. But the virus is still spreading fast, it’s still deadly, and most people are still susceptible. We call on all countries and all people to exercise extreme vigilance," he said.

"So, you may have a second peak within your first wave, and then you may have a second wave. It's not either or,” said Dr Michael Ryan Executive Director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme.

Dr Ryan also commented on the possible origin of the new COVID-19 cluster in Beijing and said “I think it's not indicating that Europe is the origin of the disease at all. What it's saying most likely is that the disease was probably imported from outside Beijing at some point.”

On the occasion of the World Refugee Day, marked on 20 June, Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, was a guest at the WHO’s press briefing.

Grandi underlined that refugees, displaced people, other people on the move, “must be included in national health responses.”

“There was a clear understanding that if you excluded this population, it would be actually a liability for the rest of the population as well," Grandi said.

WHO is "deeply concerned about the very real and present danger of widespread transmission of COVID-19 in refugee camps,” said WHO’s Dr Tedros. “Beyond the health threat posed by the virus, COVID-19 is also exposing many refugees to even more severe hardship."
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