WHO chief warns an infection charge approaching highest stage to date
World Well being Group (WHO) Director-Basic Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a press convention organised by the Geneva Affiliation of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, attributable to the novel coronavirus, on July 3, 2020 on the WHO headquarters in Geneva.
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LONDON — The top of the World Well being Group on Friday stated an alarming pattern of rising Covid circumstances has resulted in international infections now approaching their highest stage for the reason that begin of the pandemic.
“World wide, circumstances and deaths are persevering with to extend at worrying charges,” WHO Director-Basic Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated in a briefing targeted on Papua New Guinea and the western Pacific area.
“Globally, the variety of new circumstances per week has practically doubled over the previous two months. That is approaching the very best charge of an infection that we’ve got seen to date in the course of the pandemic,” he continued.
“Some international locations that had beforehand prevented widespread transmission at the moment are seeing steep will increase in infections,” Tedros stated, citing Papua New Guinea as one instance.
Tedros stated the United Nations well being company would proceed to evaluate the evolution of the coronavirus disaster and “modify recommendation accordingly.”
Underneath worldwide well being rules, Tedros stated WHO’s emergency committee convened on Thursday and he anticipated to obtain their recommendation on Monday.
“Globally, our message to all folks in all international locations stays the identical. All of us have a task to play in ending the pandemic,” he stated.
Thus far, greater than 139 million Covid circumstances have been reported worldwide, with 2.9 million deaths, in accordance with information compiled by Johns Hopkins College.
The WHO declared the coronavirus a world pandemic on March 11 final yr.
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