Coronavirus outbreak: WHO addresses Trump's funding withdrawal, Ebola outbreak in DRC | FULL
World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday that the world has long benefited from the contribution of the government and the people of the U.S. towards global health, and that “it’s WHO’s wish for [this] to continue.”
The statement comes after U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement on Friday that the United States would be "cutting all ties" with the WHO, amid disagreements on their handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Tedros also addressed the recent Ebloa outbreak declared in the city of Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after another complex Ebola outbreak in Eastren DRC, which seems to be in its final phase.
He said that WHO continues to provide support to the DRC in tackling Ebola as well as responding to COVID-19.
The director-general announced that WHO has released an updated technical guidance to help organizations determine how and when mass gatherings can safely resume as more countries reopen.
He said the WHO is providing guidance to organizations like FIFA and Formula One as more sports events are planned to resume in parts of Europe, as well as religious organisations as the Islamic Hajj season approaches.
Over 6 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported to WHO as of Monday, with over 370,000 deaths.
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