WHO reports daily record in global coronavirus cases

WHO reports daily record in global coronavirus cases
The daily recoed comes as US President Donald Trump threatens to permanently pull funding frrom WHO. Source: Bloomberg
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Daily US Times: World Health Organization has reported more than 100,000 new cases worldwide over the last 24 hours, a daily record.

Almost two-thirds of the cases were reported in just four countries, while WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “We still have a long way to go in this pandemic.”

Mr Ghebreyesus said this during a press conference Wednesday at the agency’s Geneva headquarters. he said the WHO is “very concerned” about the rise in cases in low- and middle-income countries.

According to WHO’s daily report, the majority of new confirmed cases are coming from the Americas, followed by Europe.

On Tuesday, the US reported another 45,251 new cases, which was highest for the day. Russia had the second-most reported cases Tuesday at 9,263.

Johns Hopkins University shows, there are now close to 5 million global cases and roughly 325,000 deaths since the virus emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan, less than five months ago.

From the beginning, the WHO has been warning world leaders that there can be “no going back to business as usual” following the Covid-19 outbreak, which has upended economies and wreaked havoc on nearly every country around the world.

The global health body has told countries that they will need to manage around the coronavirus for the foreseeable future as cases level off or decline in some countries while peaking in others. WHO also resurging in areas where the Covid-19 pandemic appeared to be under control.

To slow the spread of the virus, numerous countries applied strict social distancing measures and that has been successfull, but WHO officials said the virus still remains “extremely dangerous”.

The agency officials said that current data show “most of the world’s population remains susceptible,” meaning outbreaks can easily “reignite.”

The new daily record comes as US President Donald Trump threatens to permanently pull funding frrom WHO.

During the press briefing, officials said they are worried their emergency programs will suffer if Trump executes his threats.

The executive director of WHO’s health emergencies program, Dr. Mike Ryan said most funding from the United States goes directly to the program that helps countries all over the world in “all sorts of fragile and difficult settings”.

Ryan said: “We’ll obviously have to work with other partners to ensure those funds can still flow. This is going to be a major implication for delivering essential health services to some of the most vulnerable people in the world and we trust developed donors will, if necessary, step in to fill that gap.”

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