Geneva, July 28
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned that he’ll reconvene the Emergency Committee on Thursday to re-evaluate the coronavirus pandemic, as the worldwide COVID-19 instances doubled over the past six weeks.
Thursday will mark six months since January 30 when the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a public well being emergency of worldwide concern, reviews Xinhua information company.
Addressing a digital press convention, Tedros mentioned that since then, 16 million instances have now been reported to WHO, with greater than 640,000 deaths worldwide.
“This is the sixth time a global health emergency has been declared under the International Health Regulations, but it is easily the most severe,” he mentioned, including that the pandemic continues to speed up.
In the previous six weeks, the worldwide complete variety of instances has roughly doubled, Tedros mentioned.
He mentioned that though the world has modified, the essential measures wanted to suppress transmission and save lives haven’t — discover, isolate, take a look at and take care of instances, and hint and quarantine their contacts.
“Countries and communities that have followed this advice carefully and consistently have done well, either in preventing large-scale outbreaks — like Cambodia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Vietnam, and islands in the Pacific and Caribbean — or in bringing large outbreaks under control, like Canada, China, Germany and the Republic of Korea,” he mentioned.
According to the Johns Hopkins University, the general variety of international coronavirus instances stood at 16,407,310 as of Tuesday morning, whereas the deaths have elevated to 652,459.
The US accounted for the world’s highest variety of infections and fatalities at 4,287,974 and 148,009, respectively.
Brazil got here within the second place with 2,442,375 infections and 87,618 deaths.