Dr Hans Kluge insisted that countries should only reduce the standard two-week quarantine period if it was scientifically justified. He offered to convene scientific discussions on the issue.
Independent panel probing WHO's COVID-19 response to get access to global health body's documents, emails
The panel is financed by WHO and has its own staff in Geneva, led by Dr Anders Nordstrom, a former acting director-general at the agency.
He described COVID-19 as a 'once-in-a-century health crisis' and said that globalisation had allowed the virus to spread quicker than the flu did in 1918.
WHO experts also suggested to replicate some of Gujarat's 'unique and best practices' in other states of India or countries.
All the three tests are run on the portable, battery-operated Truenat device and provide results in less than an hour, the bodies said in a joint statement.
WHO noted that smokers represent up to 18% of hospitalised coronavirus patients and that there appeared to be a significant link.
In recent months, countries with large outbreaks of COVID-19, including Britain and the US, have said there are simply too many contacts to trace for an effective system to be put into place.
Its move followed the UK's Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY (RECOVERY) trial stopping their clinical tests of the drug earlier this month.
Lack of social distancing, clueless patients, prolonged exposure to the virus — Swaroop Swaminathan presents the ground reality at a government hospital
As the deadly virus continues to spread, the WHO issued updated guidance on who should wear a mask, when it should be worn and what it should be made of.
WHO officials issued a statement two days later saying there was evidence of human-to-human transmission in Wuhan, but more investigation was necessary.
The WHO is not the only multilateral institution that is flailing. The same is true of the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation, the IMF and the World Bank who have their share of critics.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged that the people should not see from the public's part alone, instead, the consequences of these measures on the individual communities are vital.
On the other hand, Transport department has issued orders to all private travel operators making it compulsory to maintain a passengers’ list with all their particulars.
Sports ministry advises governments of Himachal & Uttar Pradesh to host ODIs in front of empty stands to avoid spread of coronavirus.