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Covid-19: WHO warns of worsening pandemic

The funeral of a Covid-19 victim in Jakarta.

TheMole
Written by TheMole

July 2, 2020

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the Covid-19 pandemic is worsening across the globe.

Recorded new cases topped 160,000 daily as the number of infections reached a new high worldwide in the past week.

Worst-hit United States recorded surging number of new cases which average about 40,000 daily, prompting states such as California and New York to suspend reopening plans.

The US has recorded almost 128,000 deaths, ahead of second worst-hit country, Brazil, which so far suffered over 60,000 fatalities.

WHO yesterday warned that the pandemic is not even close to being over after over 10 million known infections worldwide and more than 500,000 deaths.

Its data showed that the highest number of new daily cases ever recorded was on June 28, when over 189,500 new cases were registered worldwide.

Meanwhile, the Pan American Health Organisation warned that the death toll in Latin America and the Caribbean could quadruple to more than 400,000 by October.

Despite the reopening of many countries in Europe, the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has extended a lockdown on a district hit by an outbreak at a slaughterhouse.

Parts of Melbourne, Australia also suffered sharp rises in infections, prompting the authorities to reimpose stay-at-home measures there.

Similar reimposition of restrictions was ordered at Leicester in United Kingdom following a spike in infections.

Meanwhile, in the occupied territory, the Palestinian Authority has announced a five-day lockdown across the West Bank after a surge in number of new cases.

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