“The best and only way to protect life, livelihoods and economies is to stop the virus. No excuses, no regrets. Thank you for the sacrifices your governments and people have already made,” Tedros told world leaders. “These measures take some of the heat out of the epidemic, but it will not end it. More needs to be done,” he added.
The strategy of social restriction, recommended by the WHO and adopted by different countries to “flatten the curve” of contamination by the new coronavirus, is criticized by President Jair Bolsonaro because of its economic consequences. Bolsonaro participated in the virtual meeting of the G20 with Chancellor Ernesto Araújo and, to the leaders, showed a box of hydroxychloroquine, a drug that has not yet been proven effective in treating Covid-19.
Tedros again asked for unity among the leaders so that the disease can be overcome globally. “The pandemic is accelerating at an exponential rate,” said the director-general, for whom, “without aggressive action in all countries”, millions could die infected by the new coronavirus. According to the WHO, more than 20,000 people have died from the disease worldwide.