The director of the World Health Organization announced Wednesday that 106,000 new cases of coronavirus pollution have been reported worldwide over the past 24 hours. It is a figure that has never been reached before.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Wednesday, May 20, the largest number of new cases of Covid-19 in the world in a single day since the pandemic began, saying it was afraid of its consequences in the poorest countries.
“We have a long way to go in this Covid-19 pandemic. Over the past 24 hours, 106,000 cases have been reported to WHO: the highest figure in a single day since the onset of the epidemic,” worried Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the organization’s director general.
“We still have a long way to go # COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the past 24 hours, 106,000 cases have been reported to the WHO – most on a single day since the outbreak began. Almost two-thirds of these cases were reported in only four countries “-@DrTedros
– World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) May 20, 2020
“Nearly two-thirds of these cases have been reported in four countries,” he added during a virtual press conference from WHO’s headquarters in Geneva.
Rising cases in poor countries
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus did not specify which countries they were, but according to the latest WHO report published on their website they are the US, Russia, Brazil and Saudi Arabia, closely followed by India, Peru and Qatar.
“We are very concerned about the growing number of low and middle income countries,” where the health system is weak or non-existent and physical distance measures more difficult to implement, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
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These countries are also the most economically vulnerable to trade and international travel collapsing, depriving them especially of an indispensable tourist windfall.
Human development index down
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) thus estimated on Wednesday in a report that the Human Development Index, which jointly measures education, health and living standards, was about to decline this year, for the first time in decades due to the pandemic’s health, social and economic consequences.
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The milestone for five million cases worldwide will soon be reached, added Michael Ryan, WHO’s director of health care.
After leaving China five months ago, the pandemic of the new coronavirus has bypassed the world, killing 323,370 people in its path, according to an AFP account.
With AFP and Reuters