Coronavirus cases rise to 7 Million globally
—more than 100,000 new cases in 24hrs
DPI, Guyana, Monday June 8, 2020
After more than six months into the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, positive cases around the globe have risen to seven million, with more than 100,000 in the last 24 hours.
This is was disclosed today by the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“Almost 7 million cases of COVID-19 have now been reported to WHO, and almost 400,000 deaths,” the Director-General said.
“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,” he continued
Dr. Ghebreyesus noted that while the situation in Europe is improving, in other parts of the globe the numbers are increasing.
Seventy-five percent of cases reported yesterday were from ten countries in the Americas and South Asia. Also, most countries in the African region are still experiencing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.
While several countries are seeing positive signs, Dr. Ghebreyesus urged them to not become complacent with the regulations.
“In these countries, 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.”
“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.”
As protests continue in the United States of America against the killing of an African-American man by police, protestors are being reminded to do so safely to avoid a surge in cases.
“We encourage all those protesting around the world to do so safely. As much as possible, keep at least 1 metre from others, clean your hands, cover your cough and wear a mask if you attend a protest,” the Director-General advised.
Moreover, WHO reminded of the importance of contact tracing for effective COVID-19 response. Digital methods are being encouraged, as they continue to develop for comprehensive digital contact tracing tools.