Dr. Ghebreyesus noted that the W.H.O. declared the virus a “public health emergency of international concern” on Jan. 30, when there were fewer than 100 known cases and no known deaths outside China. The organization mobilized $1 billion from member states, and convened hundreds of experts to advise on research and response, he said.
“Although our world has changed, the fundamental pillars of the response have not: political leadership, and informing, engaging and listening to communities,” Dr. Ghebreyesus said.
Countries that have applied these measures diligently, like New Zealand and Thailand, have avoided large outbreaks, or, like Canada and Germany, have succeeded in bringing outbreaks under control.
“The bottom line is that one of the most fundamental ingredients for stopping this virus is determination, and the willingness to make hard choices to keep ourselves and each other safe,” Dr. Ghebreyesus said. He added that the pandemic “has shown what humans are capable of, both positively and negatively.”
Anxious investors send gold prices to a new high.
Gold reached a record high on Monday, continuing its rise as nervous investors sought out a safe place to put their money.
The price for spot gold, which has been climbing steadily since March, reached $1,944 per ounce on Monday.
The price of gold usually rises amid financial uncertainty, and its recent climb reflected a number of factors, including concern over U.S.-China relations, the decline of the U.S. dollar amid the Federal Reserve’s stimulus efforts, and rock-bottom interest rates. The last time gold reached record levels was following the 2008 financial crisis, another period when the Fed flooded the economy with dollars to generate economic activity.