He said Monday that the "worst" of the pandemic is yet to come.
Tedros called on tech companies to help reach people with phone text messages on Covid-19, starting with Asia-Pacific. "Trust us. The worst is yet ahead of us, let's prevent this tragedy", he said.
WHO's Twitter account, in multiple tweets quoting its director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that it was "impressed by the progress being made" by certain countries, among which was Pakistan for its "commitment to establishing temporary isolation units". "WHO is open. We don't hide anything", Tedros said.
The virus which originated in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, had infected at least 2.4 million people as Tuesday, April 21, and killed over 170,000 in at least 210 countries and territories.
Ghebreyesus didn't explain exactly how he expects the virus' toll to intensify, but he argued that partisanship and political divisions are exacerbating the crisis.
The World Health Organization on Monday reiterated that it has kept no secrets about the spread of the coronavirus, after United States President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused the organisation of downplaying the extent of the Covid-19 outbreak in China.
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Some Asian and European governments have gradually eased or started relaxing "lockdown" measures like quarantines, school and business closures, and restrictions on public gatherings, citing a decline in the growth of COVID-19 case counts and deaths. "Had the World Health Organization done its job to get medical experts into China to objectively assess the situation on the ground and to call out China's lack of transparency, the outbreak could have been contained at its source with very little death".
The WHO chief has warned against politicising the health crisis, suggesting that divisions between people and political parties were "fueling" the pandemic.
"This virus is unsafe". Trump last week put a hold on USA funding contributions to World Health Organization and has singled out the group for criticism during his daily press briefings. "It exploits cracks between us when we have differences".
"We have been warning from day one that this is a devil that everyone should fight", Tedros told a virtual briefing in Geneva.
"Our CDC colleagues also know that we give information immediately to anyone".