“My WHO colleagues and I will continue to engage with partners in solidarity to save lives and protect the vulnerable,” he added.
The 55-year-old former Ethiopian health minister said “it is critically important that we all comply with health guidance”.
“This is how we will break chains of Covid-19 transmission, suppress the virus, and protect health systems.”
Dr Tedros, as he likes to be known, is the first African head of the WHO.
He has weathered bitter criticism – most notably from the US – of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which the WHO declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on 30 January.