A single-day record of 150,000 new coronavirus cases were reported worldwide on Thursday, leading the World Health Organization’s director-general to warn that the pandemic has reached a “new and dangerous” phase.
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“Countries are understandably eager to open up their societies and economies,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a Friday press conference. “But the virus is still spreading fast. It is still deadly and most people are still susceptible.”
Tedros advised that “only by putting politics aside and working in true collaboration can we make a difference.”
He said he is particularly concerned about low- and middle-income countries and refugee populations, saying that the “most vulnerable will suffer most.”
8,546,919. That’s how many confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported around the world, with 456,726 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins data.
“We call on all countries and all people to exercise extreme vigilance. Continue maintaining your distance from others. Stay home if you feel sick. Keep covering your nose and mouth when you can. Wear a mask when appropriate. Keep cleaning your hands,” Tedros advised on Friday.
In the U.S., 10 states reported record numbers of new coronavirus cases this week: Florida, Alabama, Arizona, California, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and Texas. Public health experts warned Florida could become the next epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S.The governors of Florida and Texas argue the new case jumps in their states are the result of increased testing capacity, though epidemiologists say new case numbers should actually decrease with more testing as because it should aid in contact tracing efforts.