A health worker measures the temperature to a man during an operation to identify COVID-19 cases amid the Coronavirus pandemic on July 12, 2020 in La Paz, Bolivia.
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The United States and Brazil accounted for half of the new daily coronavirus cases as countries across the globe struggle to contain their outbreaks, the World Health Organization said Monday.
The U.S. and Brazil reported 111,319 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, roughly half of all the new cases reported worldwide, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press conference at the agency’s Geneva headquarters.
“Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction,” Tedros said at a press conference from the agency’s Geneva headquarters.
“In several countries across the world, we are now seeing dangerous increases in Covid-19 cases, and hospital wards filling up again,” he added. “It would appear that many countries are losing gains made as proven measures to reduce risk are not implemented or followed.”
In the U.S., Covid-19 cases continued to hit record levels over the weekend with Florida reporting on Sunday more than 15,000 new cases, shattering the daily record reported by any single state. Florida now has more cases than several major nations with much larger populations such as Spain, Italy and France.
Overall, the U.S. has reported more than 3.3 million Covid-19 cases and at least 135,205 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. As of Sunday, cases are growing by 5% or more in 37 states and also Washington D.C. The seven-day average of U.S. cases is more than 59,100.
Last week, the WHO warned world leaders that the pandemic “is not under control” and is getting worse.
Tedros on Monday criticized some countries’ responses to the virus, saying their actions haven’t matched the seriousness of the pandemic.
“The only aim of the virus is to find people to infect. Mixed messages from leaders are undermining the most critical ingredient of any response: trust,” he said. The virus “is going to get worse and worse and worse but it doesn’t have to be this way.”
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