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WHO Sounds The Alarm On COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has entered a “new and dangerous phase” as daily Covid-19 cases hit record highs, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned recently.

“The pandemic is accelerating. More than 150,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported [on Thursday], the most in a single day so far,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press conference.

Almost half of the total cases were reported from the Americas, Tedros said, with a large number coming from Southern Asia and the Middle East.

“Many people are understandably fed up with being at home. Countries are understandably eager to open up their societies and economies. But the virus is still spreading fast. It is still deadly, and most people are still susceptible,” he said.

The coronavirus has affected more than 8.5 million people worldwide and killed at least 454,359, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The United States is the world’s number one hotspot. The virus has infected 2.1 million Americans and at least 118,435 have died, Hopkins data shows.

The Director-General said world leaders and the public need to “exercise extreme vigilance” against the virus, urging them to “focus on the basics.”

“Continue maintaining your distance from others. Stay home if you feel sick. Keep covering your nose and mouth when you cough. Wear a mask when appropriate. Keep cleaning your hands,” he said.

Marcia Wright, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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