WHO says it overestimated ability of wealthy countries to fight COVID-19 Jul 31, 2020 0 181 12345 DPAGenevaThe health systems of wealthy countries performed more poorly than expected during the early phase of the COVID-19 crisis, WHO emergency operations chief Mike Ryan said on Thursday in Geneva.It was surprising to see how slowly countries adopted the necessary health strategies, Ryan told a press briefing, summing up lessons learned in the six months since the WHO declared a global health emergency over the novel coronavirus outbreak at the end of January.“We are learning lessons that there has been a deep underinvestment in public health architecture,” Ryan added.As the number of cases worldwide passes 17 million, the list of the 20 countries with the most infections is led by the United States and includes Britain, Spain, Italy, France and Germany.The WHO traditionally provides operational help on the ground in developing and middle-income countries.“If I could go back and change anything I think I would [offer direct assistance] to countries where I think we made some assumptions on capacities that existed, and skills and workforces that maybe should have existed or should have been expanded,” Ryan said. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Coronavirus deaths top 150,000 in worst-hit US Jul 31, 2020 0 3167 NASA’s Perseverance rover bound for Mars to seek ancient life Jul 31, 2020 0 1614 (Stand-alone) Jul 31, 2020 0 1289 French cities tighten virus measures as cases rise AFP Lille, France Several French cities on Thursday announced new face mask requirements and other measures to contain the coronavirus as the number of new cases continues to increase after a long lull, officials said. .. Coronavirus numbers improve slightly in Spain’s hotspots MADRID: The number of daily new coronavirus infections has slightly declined in Spain’s hardest-hit regions, authorities said on Thursday. Especially in the Catalan regions Lleida and Barcelona, which recently .. Scottish schools set for full return in mid-August LONDON: Children in Scotland can return to schools full-time in the middle of next month, the devolved government said on Thursday as it eases coronavirus lockdown measures. It will be the first time since March that .. UK extends coronavirus self-isolation period from 7 to 10 days LONDON: Britain on Thursday extended the period of coronavirus self-isolation from seven to 10 days, as fears grew over a surge in cases. The UK’s chief medical officers said scientific evidence now showed that people .. Hong Kong row has ‘poisoned’ ties with UK: China’s ambassador AFP London Britain’s “interventions” in Hong Kong have “seriously poisoned the atmosphere” of relations with China, Beijing’s ambassador in London warned on Thursday. Liu Xiaoming also accused Western powers and .. Prominent Hong Kong democracy activists barred from election HONG KONG: A dozen Hong Kong democracy activists were disqualified on Thursday from standing in September’s legislative elections, a move decried by candidates as the most pressing assault yet on Beijing’s critics in .. Trump suggests delay in presidential election over coronavirus fears AFP Washington US President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested delaying the 2020 election, in which he is currently lagging badly in the polls, citing the coronavirus and what he said would be “fraudulent” voting. ..