The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief says widespread testing for the new coronavirus is crucial and countries should not be penalized for reporting higher numbers of casesBy JAMEY KEATEN Associated PressMarch 27, 2020, 10:06 PM3 min readGENEVA — The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief said Friday that widespread testing for the new coronavirus is crucial and countries should not be faulted for reporting higher numbers of cases. He also appealed for a shift toward public health strategies that allow us “to live with this virus” until a vaccine emerges. The comments from Dr. Michael Ryan suggested a change in mindset at WHO and the U.N. health agency’s increased resignation that the virus first identified in China late last year will be around for a while. The number of people infected worldwide exceeded 585,000 by Friday night. “At this point, no one can predict how long this epidemic is going to last,” Ryan said during a WHO news conference. “We are entering and moving to an uncertain future. … Many countries around the world are just beginning the cycle of this epidemic.” For weeks, WHO officials spoke during daily briefings in Geneva of a “window of opportunity” to try to contain


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