"For now, stopping outbreaks comes down to the basics of public health and disease control", read an official statement by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. And when Covid-19 is under control keep going.
He pointed out that testing, isolating and treating patients, and tracing and quarantining their contacts is the only way in current times to prevent the disease from spreading.
The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has swept across the globe, infecting more than 18 million people.
The emergency committee on COVID-19, convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) director general under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR), has highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 pandemic, noting the importance of sustained community, national, regional, and global response efforts.
"However, there's no silver bullet at the moment, and there might never be". Some that were less affected in the earliest weeks are now seeing escalating numbers of cases and deaths. Both mainland China and Hong Kong reported fewer new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as strict measures to contain new infections appear to be taking effect. "But until we finish the clinical trials, we will not know".
Other countries with high infection tolls include India, with more than 1.85 million cases, Russia, with more than 859,000 cases, and South Africa, with a staggering 521,318 confirmed cases.
The three-week advance mission comprising two specialists in animal health and epidemiology was tasked with laying the groundwork for a broader team of Chinese and worldwide experts that will seek to discover how the virus that causes Covid-19 jumped the species barrier from animals to humans.
"The WHO advance team that travelled to China has now concluded their mission to lay the groundwork for further joint efforts to identify the virus' origins", he told a news conference.
Asked about the USA outbreak, which White House coronavirus experts say is entering a "new phase", he said officials seemed to have set out the "right path" and it was not the WHO's job to do so.
Terms of reference for the broader mission have been produced together with Chinese authorities in draft form, he said, and were not yet publicly available.