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World Health Organization hopes COVID-19 can be over in two years, Tedros says

World Health Organization hopes COVID-19 can be over in two years, Tedros says”

However, he also said, "At the same time, we will not, we can not go back to the way things were".

The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that he hopes the Covid-19 pandemic will last less than two years, reports Xinhua news agency.

He urged "national unity" and "global solidarity".

More than 22.81 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus globally and 793,382 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

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However, the World Health Organization chief highlighted that widespread malnutrition and tuberculosis made populations more fragile during the 1918 pandemic, which led to its high death toll.

"This virus is not displaying a similar wave-like pattern..." At the same time, Ghebreyesus believed now there is technology to prevent it, which wasn't available a century ago. So we have a disadvantage of globalisation, closeness, connectedness but an advantage of better technology.

While the coronavirus can spread more easily than 100 years ago since the world is far more interconnected now, modern technology and knowledge have given humanity the tools to stop the pandemic more effectively, said the United Nations health chief.

As of August 21, countries across the world have confirmed a total of over 23 million COVID-19 cases, including more than 800,000 deaths and 15 million recoveries.

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