Coronavirus • 27 March, 2020

We have overcome many pandemics and crises before - WHO Director-General

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WHO Director-General commented on the Government of Japan and the International Olympic Committee's decision of postponing Olympic games at the media briefing on COVID-19.

"The pandemic continues to take a massive toll not just on health, but on so many parts of life. Yesterday, the Government of Japan and the International Olympic Committee took a difficult but wise decision to postpone this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games. I thank Prime Minister Abe and the members of the IOC for making this sacrifice to protect the health of athletes, spectators and officials. We look forward to next year's Olympics and Paralympics, which we hope will be an even bigger and better celebration of our shared humanity – and I look forward to joining. We have overcome many pandemics and crises before. We will overcome this one too. The question is how large a price we will pay. Already we have lost more than 16,000 lives. We know we will lose more – how many more will be determined by the decisions we make and the actions we take now" said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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