Emergency medical technicians (EMT) leave the hospital on July 29, 2020 with a patient at Hialeah Hospital, where patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are treated.
Marco Bello | Reuters
Almost 300,000 new coronavirus cases have been reported to the World Health Organization in the past 24 hours. This was the biggest increase in a day, the agency said on Friday.
According to the WHO, more than half of the 292,527 new cases reported on Thursday came from America with 171,946 cases. Southeast Asia reported the second highest number of cases with 60,113 infections, followed by Europe with 25,241, according to the WHO.
According to the WHO, the virus has infected more than 17 million people worldwide and killed at least 668,910 people since it appeared almost seven months ago.
The United States has the worst outbreak in the world, with over 4 million cases and at least 152,075 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. On Thursday, the number of new coronaviruses in the United States rose by more than 67,000, the day after they had exceeded 70,000 for the first time in almost a week, according to Hopkins data.
Last week, WHO officials warned that there is no going back to "old normality" as the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating in the US and poorer developing countries.
"It is perfectly understandable that people want to continue with their lives, but we will not go back to the old normal," said WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a press conference on July 23 from the agency's Geneva headquarters.
Although there are many cases in the US and other parts of the world, there is still a way to get the virus under control.
The WHO recommends that people wear masks to slow the spread of the virus. Scientists say the virus can spread through breath droplets that happen when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Studies suggest that the masks can serve as a helpful barrier to the spread of infections.
The agency also recommends that people wash their hands regularly, keep their distance from others, and not go to crowded places. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, see a doctor, but if possible, call ahead in advance and follow the instructions from your local health agency, according to the WHO.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, said earlier in the day that the coronavirus is so contagious that it is unlikely to ever go away.
"I don't think it would go away because it is such a highly communicable virus," said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, hearing the selected Coronavirus Outbreak Control subcommittee. However, Fauci previously said that it is possible that world leaders and public health officials could work to bring the pandemic to a "low level".
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