Geneva, Switzerland: The coronavirus pandemic situation was worsening around the globe, according to the WHO report.
As per the WHO bulletin, the tally of new coronavirus infections is increasing day-by-day. A total of 403,000 people have died of COVID-19, out of at least seven million infected since the outbreak emerged in China last December.
After East Asia, Europe became the epicenter of the disease, but has now been overtaken by the Americas.
While addressing the media in a virtual conference, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that “Although the situation in Europe is improving, globally it is worsening, more than 1,00,000 cases have been reported on nine of the past 10 days. Yesterday, more than 1,36,000 cases were reported — the most in a single day so far.
He furtherly added that the biggest threat is now complacency and most people globally are still susceptible to infection.
“More than six months into this pandemic, this is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal,” he said.
Turning to the wave of protests sparked by killing of George Floyd on May 25, Tedros encouraged active surveillance of the virus to ensure it does not rebound, especially in the context of mass gatherings.
“WHO fully supports equality and the global movement against racism. We reject discrimination of all kinds,” he said.
“We encourage all those protesting around the world to do so safely.
“As much as possible, keep at least one meter from others, clean your hands, cover your cough and wear a mask if you attend a protest.”
“Stay home if you are sick and contact a health care provider,” he added.