Coronavirus Global Updates, 19 June: WHO chief warns pandemic ‘accelerating’, world sees highest single-day infections

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COVID-19 patients lie on beds in a field hospital built inside a gym in Santo Andre, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Coronavirus Global Updates: The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 454,625 lives across the world and as many as 8,520,761 people have been infected so far. The number is increasing on a daily basis with some countries, which experienced a significant drop in Covid-19 infections in April and May, witnessing a second-wave. The most notable resurgence has been in China’s capital Beijing, which reported over 150 infections on June 11.

Country-wise, the United States continues to remain the worst-hit with 2,191,052 cases and 118,434 deaths, followed by Brazil (978,142 cases, 47,748 deaths), Russia (560,321 cases, 7,650 deaths), and India (3,80,532 cases and 12,573 deaths). Also, more than 4.1 million people (4,155,247) have recovered

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Coronavirus Global Updates, 19 June: WHO chief warns pandemic ‘accelerating’, world sees highest single-day infections

Global Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases Updates: The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 453,987 lives across the world and as many as 8,489,675 people have been infected so far. The number is increasing on a daily basis with some countries witnessing s second-wave.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |Updated: June 19, 2020 9:42:09 pm

COVID-19 patients lie on beds in a field hospital built inside a gym in Santo Andre, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (AP Photo)

Coronavirus Global Updates: The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 454,625 lives across the world and as many as 8,520,761 people have been infected so far. The number is increasing on a daily basis with some countries, which experienced a significant drop in Covid-19 infections in April and May, witnessing a second-wave. The most notable resurgence has been in China’s capital Beijing, which reported over 150 infections on June 11.

Country-wise, the United States continues to remain the worst-hit with 2,191,052 cases and 118,434 deaths, followed by Brazil (978,142 cases, 47,748 deaths), Russia (560,321 cases, 7,650 deaths), and India (3,80,532 cases and 12,573 deaths). Also, more than 4.1 million people (4,155,247) have recovered.

Meanwhile,as countries are continuously trying to develop a vaccine to fight the pandemic, the World Health Organisation’s chief scientist, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, has said that the agency is optimistic and hopeful that the COVID-19 vaccines could be available before the end of this year. On Thursday, the WHO had said that clinical trials have now definitively shown that anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine does not have an impact on preventing deaths from COVID-19.

WHO chief warns pandemic ‘accelerating’, world sees highest single-day infections

Chief of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Friday said the coronavirus pandemic is “accelerating” and that more than 150,000 cases were reported yesterday – the highest single-day number so far, as per news agency AP. In a media briefing, he said nearly half of the newly reported cases were from the Americas, with significant numbers from South Asia and the Middle East.

“We are in a new and dangerous phase,” he said, warning that restrictive measures are still needed to stop the pandemic. Tedros warned that the virus is still “spreading fast” and that measures like social distancing, mask wearing and hand-washing are still critical.

“We have a shared duty to everything we can to prevent, detect and respond to the transmission of COVID-19 detected among refugees in hospitals.”

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