World Health Organization fully supports decision to postpone 2020 Olympics

  • World Health Organization fully supports decision to postpone 2020 Olympics

World Health Organization fully supports decision to postpone 2020 Olympics

"This is a responsibility for all of us - especially the political leadership is key".

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, said it had been a "difficult but wise decision" taken so as to safeguard the health of athletes and spectators.

"We have overcome many pandemics and crises before, we will overcome this one too".

"We understand that these countries are now trying to assess when and how to ease these measures", Tedros said at a press briefing.

"The time to act was actually a month ago, two months ago".

The number of people infected with the new type of coronavirus worldwide has exceeded 372,000; over 16,000 have died, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its daily coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation report.

Countries need to expand, train and deploy their health care and public health workforces, as well as implementing systems to find every suspected case, and ramping up testing, he said. "The question is how a large price we will pay".

The WHO has been under fire for waiting for weeks before declaring the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. It then raised the ire of many countries including the United States by praising China for its handling of the coronavirus.