Coronavirus: the situation is “worsening” worldwide WHO director says

Published by Caroline J. · Published on 9 June 2020 at 12h18
As life is getting back to normal in many countries, the World Health Organization is worried and warns the world. On June 8th, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the covid-19 pandemic was “worsening” worldwide.

Since this past June 2nd, French people have found a certain forgotten freedom as restaurants, cafés and bars are reopening in green area, and only on terraces in orange departments. Outdoor activities centers, parks and gardens have reopened as well, and so are museums and monuments. Another important news: the number of people hospitalized in the country keeps on decreasing. This past June 5th, Scientific Committee president Professor Jean-François Delfraissy said the novel coronavirus epidemic in France was now “under control”.

The situation got better and keeps on improving” Health Minister Olivier Véran said on June 8, adding that “we have not won the war yet, stay careful”.

Vigilance that WHO director general seems to share. Yesterday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned on the situation worldwide. “Although the situation in Europe is improving, globally it is worsening” he said.

More than 100,000 cases have been reported on nine of the past 10 days. Yesterday, more than 136,000 cases were reported” he added. During this digital press conference in Geneva, WHO director explained that about 75% of the new cases reported this past June 7th were mainly recorded on the American continent and in Southern Asia.

In view of this, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that “the biggest threat is now complacency”, especially in countries where the situation was improving. “Most people globally are still susceptible to infection” he insisted.
By the way, this past June 4th, Greece has reported 97 new coronavirus cases. A third of these cases are foreign travelers.

In Latin America, the situation is highly worrying. So, Brazil is the third country the most hit by the Covid-19 epidemic in the world. Last year, the government said they recorded 679 deaths and 15,654 infections these past 24 hours. As for Peru, they must face the dramatic shortage of medical oxygen, the Health Minister said. Last but not least, Mexico, second country with the highest death toll in Latin America, has officially reported 117,103 infections and 13,699 deaths.

As for demonstrations taking place worldwide supporting George Floyd, but also against racism and police violence, WHO director stressed it is important to remain vigilant. “WHO fully supports equality and the global movement against racism. We reject discrimination of all kinds," he said. But "we encourage all those protesting around the world to do so safely” he added.

As of today, the covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 403,000 people worldwide. According to data from the AFP, over 7 million sick tested positive for coronavirus have been officially recorded in 196 countries and lands.

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