World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has applauded the efforts of Spain in arresting the spread of the coronavirus disease in the country.
“It is with great respect that I join the King of Spain, the Prime Minister, and the entire government of the country to pay tribute to the people who have fallen victim to COVID-19,” said Dr. Tedros.
He said further, “I extend my deepest condolences to the families of all people who have lost their lives due to this virus in Spain and around the world.”
Initially, Spain was one of the countries most affected by COVID-19.
At the outbreak’s peak, close to 10,000 new cases were reported in a single day in Spain.
Since then, intensive efforts, led by robust surveillance, testing, contact tracing, treatment, and isolation, have managed to suppress transmission.
Dr. Tedros commended the country’s leadership for pulling out all the stops to keep the disease under control.
“Spain has shown that with political leadership and action, backed by community support, that COVID-19 can be controlled, no matter at what stage virus transmission is in a country. From being greatly challenged, Spain has reversed the trajectory of the outbreak,” Dr. Tedros noted.
He added, “While we have witnessed the suppression of the virus across Spain, I support the commitment by Spanish authorities to remain vigilant in the face of the persistent threat that COVID-19 poses.”
Marcia Wright, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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