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Coronavirus crisis may get worse and worse, warns WHO

By Fabian Sutch-Daggett - World Healthcare Journal

Today, global Covid-19 infections rose above 13.1m confirmed cases according to a global tally by Johns Hopkins University - an increase of more than 1m in just six days.

On 13 July, the WHO stated that more than 230,000 cases have been reported in just 24 hours, with nearly 80 per cent of them reported from just 10 countries, and 50 per cent from just two countries - both in the Americas, the new epicentre of the coronavirus.

In Florida alone, 15,000 cases were reported on Sunday 12 July - a daily increase of more new cases than all European nations combined, surpassing New York’s record of 12,847 new cases on April 10. If Florida itself were a nation, it would currently rank fourth in the world for new cases.

“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,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.

“If the basics aren’t followed, there is only one way this pandemic is going to go. It’s going to get worse and worse and worse. ” 

This comes as the virus strains in Hong Kong have been found to be more contagious than the one originally found in the city of Wuhan, following yet another outbreak of 50 new cases. Neighbourhoods in Beijing have also experienced a local lockdown after an outbreak at an enormous market was recognised.

Furthermore, the second wave of coronavirus is spreading across Australia, following the lockdown of Victoria State last week. Sydney is now also reimposing certain lockdown measures after an outbreak of more than 20 cases at a hotel frequented by logistics workers, raising fears that the virus may already be on its way to reinfecting other states in the nation.

Confirmed coronavirus deaths around the world have also exceeded the estimated deaths from the 2009 swine flu pandemic, meaning that the coronavirus pandemic is the deadliest in the 21st century.

However, the race to find a vaccine is currently progressing at a rapid pace, with estimates from experts researching the vaccine at Imperial College believing that a Covid-19 may be available to the public in the first half of next year, providing that the next stages of trials are successful.


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