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Coronavirus: WHO Head Says Nations Must Attack As 'Pandemic Is Accelerating'

Despite an alarming rush past 300,000 cases worldwide, the WHO's leader says, "We're not helpless bystanders. We can change the trajectory of this pandemic."
"To win, we need to attack the virus with aggressive and targeted tactics," World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says of the COVID-19 respiratory disease, which is now in nearly every country in the world. Source: AFP via Getty Images

With the coronavirus outbreak blowing past the 300,000-case mark, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says world leaders and health officials won't be able to defeat COVID-19 if they rely only on defensive measures such as social distancing and requiring people to stay at home.

The coronavirus has now spread to nearly every country on the planet, the head of the World Health Organization said.

"The pandemic is accelerating," Tedros said. "It took

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