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Dr Tedros and China speak one tone: Countries who failed to listen to WHO paying heavy price


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Geneva: It is often opined that people who have close relationships mostly speak in a one tone. It is interesting but not surprising that the World Health Organisation (WHO) and China have started to sound like closely knit friends.

On April 28th at the Global Media press briefing Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO stated, “World should have listened to WHO carefully. On January 30, we declared the highest level of global emergency on #COVID19 when there were only 82 cases outside of China and no death in the rest of the world. Every country could have triggered all its public health measures possible. That suffices the importance of listening to WHO’s advice.”

Interestingly today, Hua Chunying, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson and Director General, Department of Information, MFA PRC on social media platform stated, “What we are seeing is this: those countries that heeded and followed WHO advice are more successful in bringing the virus under control, while those that ignored or rejected its advice are paying a heavy price.”

Speaking to Savio Rodrigues, GoaChronicle Founder & Editor-in-Chief, spoke to Dr Tedros on April 22 during the Global Media Briefing; he said, “Looking back I think we declared the Emergency at the right time and when the world had enough time to respond, when the rest of the world had enough time to respond. I repeat again, there were only 82 cases and no deaths. That was enough to cut it at the bud, enough. That was January 30th and this was more than two months and 21 days ago, close to three months now,”

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