On George Floyd protests, Tedros said WHO supports equality
Tedros added now was certainly not the time for any country to get its "foot off the pedal".
Speaking on protests in the US, which were sparked after a black man George Floyd died in police custody last month, he said, "WHO fully supports equality and the global movement against racism. We reject discrimination of all kinds."
Tips from Tedros: Wash hands, wear a mask, maintain distance
"We encourage all those protesting around the world to do so safely. As much as possible, keep at least one meter from others, clean your hands, cover your cough and wear a mask if you attend a protest," he said.
Another official hoped people would remain more alert now
The organization has constantly stressed upon tracing the contact of an infected person, but WHO's Emergencies Director Michael Ryan noted that anyone who has attended a mass protest doesn't "meet the technical definition of a contact".
In this case, it becomes the responsibility of local authorities to be proactive.
He hoped that now that people are aware of the risk, they would follow precautions.
Ryan noted people had enough time to internalize everything
"We would hope that in any mass gathering now... people who have had now four to five months to really internalize, that someone who is unwell... should really be at home and not engaged in any public activity," Ryan added.