Global situation is worsening: WHO chief
The World Health Organization (WHO) said the situation around global COVID-19 is worsening, as it warned against complacency.
The WHO said it had reported the highest daily count of new infections in the United States, with COVID-19 raging.
And as mass demonstrations for racial justice erupted around the world, the health department of the United Nations encouraged those protesting to do so safely.
The deadly pandemic has killed more than 403,000 of at least seven million people infected since last December’s outbreak in China.
“Although the situation in Europe is improving, globally it is worsening,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told.
“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 said approximately 75 percent of the cases from Sunday originated from 10 nations, mainly from America and South Africa.
Tedros said “the biggest threat now is complacency” in countries where the situation was improving, adding that most people worldwide 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.
“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 meter 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