KUALA LUMPUR, July 14 — Confirmed Covid-19 cases around the world have exceeded 13 million, even as the World Health Organization (WHO) warned countries there would be no return to normality for the foreseeable future.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are now 13,061,792 reported coronavirus cases globally.
AFP reported WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as saying that too many countries were not responding correctly to the Covid-19 pandemic, as fresh outbreaks broke out in countries that were ending lockdown measures.
“I want to be straight with you: there will be no return to the ‘old normal’ for the foreseeable future,” Tedros was quoted saying in a virtual news briefing.
“Let me blunt: too many countries are headed in the wrong direction. The virus remains public enemy number one, but the actions of many governments and people do not reflect this.”
WHO reported a record daily increase of over 230,000 Covid-19 cases last Sunday.
Tedros was quoted saying that the pandemic would only worsen unless people followed basic public health measures like social distancing, handwashing, and wearing face masks.