The deadly COVID-19 global pandemic has been worsening and this is not the time for any country to “take its foot off the pedal”, said WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday, adding that the global health organisation had seen the highest number of cases reported in a single day on Sunday.
While speaking at an online briefing on Monday, the WHO head said that more than 136,000 new cases were reported worldwide on Sunday-- the highest number of infections in a single day so far, and nearly 75 per cent of them were reported from 10 countries, mostly in the Americas and South Asia.
“Although the situation in Europe is improving, globally it is worsening. 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,” said Tedros. “More than six months into the pandemic, this is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal”.
After the United States, which is the worst-hit country with the highest number of cases, Brazil, India, Russia, Chile, Pakistan, Peru and Mexico account for the highest number of coronavirus infections.
As of Monday, the US accounted for 2 million of the over 7 million total infections.
WHO chief Tedros said that in countries where the situation was improving, “the biggest threat is now complacency”, adding that “most people globally are still susceptible to infection”.
The highly infectious virus that first originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan last year has so far infected more than 7 million people worldwide.