Worldwide Coronavirus Cases Rise by 1 Million in 5 Days


Sarah Peddie

The World Health Organisation’s Director General has stated that there are too many countries “headed in the wrong direction” and warned that the spread of Covid-19 could get worse. 

At a conference on Monday in Geneva, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confirmed that there would be no return to normality in the foreseeable future if countries are rejecting the current protocols to keep the virus under control.

These comments come after worldwide cases spiked by one million in five days which comes to a total of over 13 million.

The Director General said: “The virus remains public enemy number one, but the actions of many governments and people do not reflect this.

“If basics are not followed, the only way this pandemic is going to go, it is going to get worse and worse and worse. But it does not have to be this way.”

The Americas are the current epicentre of the pandemic as cases are rising daily - especially in Latin America. 

The US is still the country with the most cases and deaths worldwide with 3.5 million cases confirmed and over 139,000 deaths. The country is still seeing huge increases of cases everyday 

However, countries within Latin America like Brazil, Peru, Chile and Mexico are being hit hard by the pandemic and cases are rapidly on the rise. 

After the first cases of the coronavirus were reported in China it took three months for the worldwide tally to hit one million. It has only taken five days for the tally to rise by one million which shows how the virus is escalating worldwide. 

Experts have said that in countries that have limited testing capacity, cases will reflect a smaller proportion of infections and probably under-represents the total number of cases and deaths.

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