Pandemic is far from over; WHO warns countries eager to reopen

Pandemic Is Far From Over Who Warns Countries Eager To Reopen - We The World Magazine
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Global cases of coronavirus are still surging, despite Europe showing improvement. The World Health Organization (WHO) in a recent media briefing warned the world to hold the urge to reopen as more than 100,000 cases have been reported in 9 out of the past 10 days.

“More than six months into this pandemic, this is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told in an online briefing. “This is the time for countries to continue to work hard, on the basis of science, solutions, and solidarity.”

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On 7th June, there were 136,000 cases, the highest single-day surge so far. Nearly 75% of the single day spike were documented from the Americas and South Asia.

In some African countries, coronavirus cases have spread to newer geographic areas, however, most countries have less than 100 cases in the region. Some regions of Eastern Europe and Central Asia have also documented the hike. “At the same time, we’re encouraged that several countries around the world are seeing positive signs.”

Speaking about the countries those are encountering improvement in the spread of the virus, WHO encourages those nations while warning that “the biggest threat now is complacency.”

“Results from studies to see how much of the population has been exposed to the virus show that most people globally are still susceptible to infection.”

Many countries across the world are reopening social activities either in a sustained manner or fully, including New York in the US and Mumbai, New Delhi in India. New York on Monday reopens which is a hotbed of the virus. America is eager to relaunch the economy which has slipped into a recession by now. Starting Monday, New Yorkers were allowed to return back to work with retailers offering restricted in-store experience, and takeaways according to reports.

WHO epidemiologist Maria van Kerkhove said the pandemic is “far from over” as she called for a “comprehensive approach” for South America. Brazil has 707,412 confirmed cases, just short of the pandemic hotspot that is the USA.

Meanwhile, the National Captial Region (NCR) of India opened the interstate borders. The country has entered phase one of reopening the economy, except for some states. Some shopping complexes, religious locations, markets, were allowed to open under strict guidance, according to reports.

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“We continue to urge active surveillance to ensure the virus does not rebound, especially as mass gatherings of all kinds are starting to resume in some countries,” WHO panelists say in a statement.