The August 4 port warehouse detonation of more than 2,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate killed 158 people, injured more than 6,000 and destroyed a swathe of the Mediterranean city, compounding months of political and economic meltdown and prompting furious calls for the entire government to resign.
WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed his support to the people of Beirut as well as to health workers in the field and said the agency had deployed part of its emergency fund to the Lebanese capital after the explosion.
He said WHO will also aid in battling the COVID-19 outbreak in the country and will provide "psycho-social support" and assistance in rebuilding health facilities.
TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS: To the people of Beirut, the health workers and emergency workers on the ground, our thoughts are with you. UN, we will continue to support you. From our strategic stockpile in Dubai, WHO immediately sent surgical and major trauma supplies. We released funds from the contingency fund for emergencies, and our staff are on the ground supporting the assessment of the impact on the health sector with Lebanese and other UN partners.
MODERATOR: The first question goes to Stephanie Nebehay from Reuters, a Geneva correspondent--