The World Health Organization has warned on Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic situation was worsening globally. The novel coronavirus that emerged in China in last December, has claimed 403,000 lives, leaving infected seven million people worldwide, as per a tally from official sources.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief told a virtual news conference in Geneva, “Although the situation in Europe is improving, globally it is worsening.”
“More than 100,000 cases have been reported on nine of the past 10 days. Yesterday, more than 136,000 cases were reported — the most in a single day so far,” he added.
Tedros further claims that 75 percent of Sunday’s cases came from 10 countries, mostly in the Americas and South Asia. According to him, the countries that are improving the situation, are now under new threat of complacency.
“Most people globally are still susceptible to infection”.
“More than six months into this pandemic, this is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal,” he said.
He also discussed the ongoing protest in US by the killing of George Floyd on May 25.
“WHO fully supports equality and the global movement against racism. We reject discrimination of all kinds,” he said.
“We encourage all those protesting around the world to do so safely.
“As much as possible, keep at least one metre from others, clean your hands, cover your cough and wear a mask if you attend a protest.”
“Stay home if you are sick and contact a health care provider,” he added.
The world health body has emphasized on the importance of tracing those who may have come into sustained, close contact with an infected person. WHO aims to ship more than 129 million items of PPE to 126 nations. He also informed that WHO has shipped more than five million items of personal protective equipment to 110 countries.