WHO official says world moving too slowly on COVID-19: ‘We’re at a tipping point’

The world is at a tipping point when it comes to COVID-19, and governments need to take the risk more seriously, according to a senior World Health Organization official.

Dr. Bruce Aylward, a Canadian doctor who is assistant director-general at the WHO and recently returned from a trip to China to study COVID-19 response, told Global News Thursday that public health measures can “take the heat out of the outbreak” and save lives.

“We’re at a pretty critical point right now,” he said. “We’re seeing evidence that this can actually be contained and controlled, but we’re not seeing that effort to contain and control it.

“The most critical thing here is speed.”

As of Thursday, there were more than 97,000 cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with more than 3,300 deaths, according to data compiled by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

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