WHO director Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said the spread of the virus was actually speeding up, despite lockdowns being loosened around the world. (Photo courtesy by Reuters)

By Connor Boyd Health Reporter for MailOnline

UNITED Kingdom — The worst of the Covid-19 pandemic is ‘yet to come’ the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

WHO director Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus claimed the spread of the virus was actually speeding up, despite lockdowns being loosened around the world.

He said countries like South Korea, China, Germany, Singapore and Japan had shown there is a blueprint to suppressing the disease.

On top of robust contact tracing schemes, these nations have also delegated testing responsibilities to local public health teams and given regional leaders the power to enforce regional lockdowns.

But, in a thinly-veiled jab seemingly targeted at the US and UK, Dr Tedros claimed many nations were not using ‘the tools that we have at hand’.

Earlier this month the WHO urged Britain not to lift lockdown until its test and trace system was up to scratch, after it emerged a third of patients were being missed.

The UK Government has been criticized for its top-down response to the outbreak and refusal to give responsibilities to local public health bodies.

During a virtual news conference from the WHO’s Geneva headquarters yesterday, Dr Tedros said: ‘Although many countries have made some progress, globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up.

‘We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives, but the hard reality is that this is not even close to being over.

‘Some countries have now experienced a resurgence of cases as they start to reopen their economies and societies. Most people remain susceptible. The virus still has a lot of room to move. (ia/MailOnline)