|WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus made the assessment during a press conference in Geneva. (Photo by=Kyodo News)|
[아시아뉴스통신=레악카나 기자] WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus on Monday described the result of Japan's efforts in tackling the spread of the new coronavirus as a "success " during a press conference in Geneva.
Tedros praised Japan for stemming the epidemic in recent weeks, reducing the spread of infections from more than 700 cases a day at the peak of the outbreak, and for keeping the number of deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, at a relatively low level.
But he stressed at the same time that it is important for people in Japan to continue practicing social distancing and taking other basic precautionary measures, rules that apply to all countries when strict restrictions imposed to fight the virus are loosened.
Michael Ryan, the chief of the WHO's health emergencies department, said at the same press conference the world is still in the middle of the first wave of infections as the number of new cases is still increasing in African countries as well as Latin America and South Asia.Ryan warned that a second wave could occur in countries that have eased stay-at-home and other restrictions.