KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 — The Covid-19 pandemic is speeding up worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, as some countries battle a resurgence of the disease.
The Guardian reported that Covid-19 outbreaks in most countries are still not under control, with a global twofold increase in infections in the past six weeks.
WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the pandemic had yet to reach its peak. He also announced the formation of an independent panel under the United Nations (UN) to examine the response of countries in handling this pandemic.
“We know that when countries take a comprehensive approach based on fundamental public health measures, the Covid-19 outbreak can be brought under control,” he was quoted saying.
“But in most of the world, the virus is not under control. It is getting worse. More than 544,000 lives have been lost. The pandemic is still accelerating. The total number of cases has doubled in the last six weeks,” he added.
More than 60,000 cases were recorded in the United States in a single day, yesterday. This was the biggest daily increase ever recorded by a country, according to Reuters.
Experts also cautioned that this rise in daily cases would lead to a spike in fatalities from coronavirus in the country.
Besides that, Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief John Nkengasong stated that the pandemic in Africa is reaching “full speed”.
’We’ve crossed a critical number here,” he reportedly said. “Our pandemic is getting full speed.”
Africa recorded more than 522,000 Covid-19 cases and the death toll has reached more than 122,000.
It is to be noted that countries like China, Japan, South Korea and Australia are facing a second wave of Covid-19. The countries that resumed economic activities have implemented movement restrictions again amid the resurgence of reported Covid-19 cases.
The total number of Covid-19 cases has surpassed 12 million with over 550,000 deaths worldwide.