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The head of the World Health Organization has called on countries to invest in their public health systems, as he emphasized that the world should be better prepared for the next pandemic.
“This will not be the last pandemic,” WHO Director General Tedros Adholm Ghebayeus said at a press conference on Monday, “but when the next pandemic arrives, the world should be more prepared than it once was.”
He said that many countries have neglected their basic public health systems in recent years and called on governments to “invest in public health as an investment in a healthy and safe future”.
“Public health is the foundation of social, economic and political stability. It means investing in population-based services to prevent, detect and respond to diseases,” he said. “I call on all countries to invest in public health and especially primary health care.”
The WHO published its latest weekly data on Monday, stating that, in total, about 27 million Kovid-19 cases and 900,000 deaths have occurred to the organization. A tally coronovirus case number of 27.3 million and deaths by Johns Hopkins University is 892,714.
More than 1.8 million new cases and 37,000 new deaths occurred during the week, the WHO said on Monday, a 5% increase in the number of cases and a 2% decrease in the number of deaths over the week.
The Southeast Asia region continued to have the highest increase in new coronovirus cases compared to the previous week, with more than 600,000 new cases reported, the WHO said.
An increase in the number of new cases was seen in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, but new cases and deaths declined in the African and Western Pacific regions compared to the previous week.
The WHO said reported cases in the US increased by 1%, and deaths fell by 4%, but said the region “continues to have the highest burden of the disease globally, with the last seven recorded Accounting for about half of all new cases gone. Day. “