World Health Organization Director General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus

W-H-O Records Over 500,000 Deaths As Pandemic Accelerates

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The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating around the world according to the W-H-O.

Many countries that reopened their economies have seen a resurgence in Covid-19 cases according to the director-general of the World Health Organization.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke today during a virtual news conference from the agency’s Geneva headquarters.

“Although many countries have made some progress, globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up, We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives, but the hard reality is that this is not even close to being over.”

More than half a million people have now died across the world with coronavirus.

10 million cases of the illness have been recorded – with particular flare-ups in the US and Brazil.

The World Health Organisation is meeting this week to assess the progress of its fight against Covid-19.

More than 60% of daily new cases came from countries in the Americas on Sunday, according to data published by the WHO.

More than 23% of the 189,077 new cases reported globally on Sunday came from the U.S., according to the WHO’s data.

Brazil was the only country in the world to report more new cases on Sunday than the U.S., according to the WHO.

The head of the WHO’s emergencies programme, Mike Ryan, told the briefing that tremendous progress had been made towards finding a safe and effective vaccine to prevent infection, but there was still no guarantee the effort would succeed.

In the meantime, countries could fight the spread of the disease by testing, isolating confirmed cases and tracking their contacts, he said.

He singled out Japan, South Korea and Germany for their “comprehensive, sustained strategy” against the virus.

The WHO plans to convene a meeting this week to assess progress in research towards fighting the disease.