The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday that the indigenous population of about half a million people around the world is at greater risk of the emerging pandemic of the Coronavirus, due to the often deteriorating living conditions.
Tidros Adhanom Gebrysos, director-general of the organization, said the number of HIV infections among indigenous peoples in the Americas exceeded 70,000, in addition to more than 2,000 deaths as of July 6.
The international official urged governments to take all necessary health precautions, especially tracking contacts, to contain the spread of Covid-19 disease, caused by HIV infection.
“We should not wait until a vaccine exists. We must save lives now,” he added in an online statement from the United Nations headquarters in Geneva.
According to a Reuters count, the number of infections worldwide has exceeded 14.5 million, and the deaths exceeded 600,000.
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