WHO warns global coronavirus situation is “getting worse”

The head of the agency has recalled that in the last nine days more than 100,000 new cases were reported daily.

Although the situation of coronavirus in Europe is improving, at the same time it is getting worse globally, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros  Adhanom  Ghebreyesus,has announced..

“Nearly 7 million cases of covid-19 have been reported to WHO and nearly 400,000 deaths,” the official said in a briefing.

The head of the agency also recalled that more than 100,000 new cases were reported globally in the last nine days. On Sunday, this number surpassed 136,000 in a single day.

“Almost 75% of yesterday’s cases come from 10 countries, mainly in the Americas and South Asia,” said Ghebreyesus. “Most countries in the African region are still experiencing an increase in the number of covid-19 cases, and some report cases in new geographic areas.”

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“Complacency” is the greatest threat

The Director-General of WHO also stressed that there are “an increasing number of cases in parts of Eastern Europe and Central Asia”. “At the same time, it encourages us that several countries around the world are seeing positive signs,” he added.

Ghebreyesus has also warned that “complacency” is the greatest threat in these nations. “We continue to call for active surveillance to ensure that the virus does not recover, especially as mass gatherings of all kinds are beginning to resume in some countries,” he emphasized.

“Protest, but safely”

In the face of protests against police brutality that began in the U.S. and already envelops in different countries, Ghebreyesus  has stressed that WHO “fully supports equality and the global movement against racism” and “rejects discrimination of all kinds,” but “encourages all protesters around the world to do so safely.”

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“As far as possible, keep at least 1 meter from others, wash your hands, cover your cough and wear a mask if you attend a protest,” the head of the agency said.

In addition, the official has again urged countries to strengthen “the fundamental public health measures that remain the basis of the response: finding, isolating, evaluating and addressing each case, and tracking and quasing each contact.” Last week, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield,said that mass protests currently taking place in several cities across the country can become “a breeding ground”  for  covid-19, while admitting that the use of tear gas can further aggravate the situation and contribute to the spread of the de

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