Medicine
Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:30
Global COVID-19 Cases Top 20mln, US Accounts for A Quarter of Patients
TEHRAN (FNA)- The number of novel coronavirus cases surpassed 20 million around the world, the day after the United States topped five million infections.

According to the Johns Hopkins University, the overall number of virus cases currently stands at 20.02 million, including 734,800 deaths.

The United States suffered the most from the coronavirus pandemic, with 5.09 million cases and more than 163,460 fatalities, followed by Brazil (with 3.05 million cases and over 101,750 deaths) and India (with 2.21 million cases and almost 44,380 victims), the tally showed.

Countries with more than 300,000 cases also include Russia, South Africa, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Iran, Spain and the UK.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the coronavirus pandemic was likely to be "lengthy" after its emergency committee met to evaluate the crisis six months after sounding the international alarm.

The committee "highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 pandemic", the WHO announced in a statement, and warned of the risk of "response fatigue" given the socio-economic pressures on countries.

The fatal virus, which was first recorded in China's Wuhan in December, forced several nations around the globe to impose lockdowns and enact strict quarantine measures. Many have since begun to gradually lift the restrictions despite concerns of a possible second wave of infections. But several cities and states around the world have returned to tighter coronavirus restrictions to battle recurring outbreaks.

Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has stated that the new coronavirus pandemic is the worst global health emergency the WHO has faced.

Only with strict adherence to health measures, from wearing masks to avoiding crowds, would the world manage to beat it, Tedros noted at a virtual news briefing in Geneva on Monday.

A surge of infections has prompted countries to re-impose some travel restrictions in recent days, but WHO Emergencies Program Head Mike Ryan announced it was impossible for countries to keep borders shut for the foreseeable future.

The WHO has recently warned that the COVID-19 pandemic is set to get “worse and worse” if countries do not stick to strict healthcare guidelines.

“Let me be blunt. Too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one,” the WHO Chief said, adding, “If basics are not followed, the only way this pandemic is going to go: it is going to get worse and worse and worse.”

The WHO has urged countries hit by coronavirus to "wake up" to the pandemic situation on the ground and to "take control" of the spread of the fatal virus.

It had recently warned that the coronavirus outbreak is accelerating, saying, "The world is in a new and dangerous phase".

"The virus is still spreading fast, it is still deadly, and most people are still susceptible," the WHO added.

 

 

 

 

 

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