The WHO director recalled that many Covid-19 infections can be prevented if countries replicate the experience of China, South Korea or Singapore.
These Asian countries have demonstrated that authorities must significantly expand the number of tests, track the infected people's contacts, promote social distancing, and foster community mobilization.
On Friday, the WHO also reported that a "Covid-19 solidarity response fund" has been established, which will allow citizens to contribute to stopping the spread of the disease.
“Now everyone can contribute. The funds raised will be used to coordinate the response; buy masks, gloves, gowns, and goggles for health workers; buy diagnostic tests, improve surveillance, and invest in research & development. We are all in this together,” Adhanom said.