More than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases worldwide have been reported to the World Health Organization in the last 24 hours, hitting a new daily record since the pandemic started. WHO General Director Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference this morning that this is “The most (cases) in a single day since the outbreak began”.
The majority of new confirmed coronavirus cases is coming from America but closely followed by Europe, according to the WHO’s latest report. The countries with the highest number of confirmed cases are the U.S. (45.251 new cases from Tuesday 19 to Wednesday 20), followed by Russia, Brazil and the United Kingdom. “We still have a long way to go in this pandemic” WHO’s General Director said.
There are now close to 5 million over-all cases and almost 325,000 deaths since the virus appeared in Wuhan, China, less than five months ago. At the briefing, Dr. Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s Emergencies Program, said that the “tragic milestone of 5 million cases” will soon be hit. The agency is recommending countries to manage around the Coronavirus for the near future as cases level off in some countries, peaked in others and resurged in areas where the COVID-19 pandemic appeared to be controlled.
While quarantine orders put in place in many countries to slow the spread of the virus have been effective, the virus remains the WHO continues to warn World Leaders that there can be no “Going back to business as usual” following the COVID-19 outbreak as the virus remains extremely dangerous and most of the world’s population remains susceptible.
The new record in cases comes as President Donald Trump frightens to permanently pull funding from the agency. During the conference, WHO officials said they are worried their emergency programs will suffer if Trump follows through on his plan as 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”.
Meanwhile, in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly released more reopening guidance with advice for childcare facilities, schools, day camps, mass transit systems, restaurants, bars and other businesses and organizations that have personnel at high risk of becoming sick from COVID-19. The guidance offers safety measures to protect civilians as states loosen stay-at-home orders.
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