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The head of the World Health Organization urged countries to invest in their public health systems, stressing that the world needs to be better prepared for the next pandemic.
"This will not be the last pandemic," said WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press conference on Monday. "But when the next pandemic comes, the world must be ready, more ready than this time."
He said too many countries have neglected their basic public health systems in recent years and urged governments to "invest in public health to invest in a healthier and safer future".
"Public health is the foundation of social, economic and political stability. That means investing in population-based services to prevent, detect and respond to disease," he said. "I urge all countries to invest in public health and especially in primary health care."
The WHO released its latest weekly statistics on Monday, announcing that a total of nearly 27 million Covid-19 cases and 900,000 deaths have been reported to the organization to date. A balance sheet by Johns Hopkins University puts the number of coronavirus cases at 27.3 million and the number of deaths at 892,714.
Over 1.8 million new cases and 37,000 new deaths were reported in the week ending September 6, the WHO said on Monday. This means a 5% increase in the number of cases and a 2% decrease in deaths compared to the previous week.
The WHO said the Southeast Asia region continued to see the highest increase in new coronavirus cases last week compared to the previous week, with over 600,000 new cases reported.
There has also been an increase in the number of newly reported cases in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. However, in the Africa and Western Pacific regions, both new cases and deaths fell compared to the previous week.
The WHO said reported cases in America rose 1% and deaths fell 4%. She added, however, that the region "continues to bear the highest disease burden in the world, accounting for nearly half of all new cases reported in the last seven." Days. "