World in 'new and dangerous phase' of pandemic: WHO
The new coronavirus pandemic is currently in a "new and dangerous phase," the World Health Organization said on Friday. The disease accelerates at the same time as people become tired.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged nations and citizens to remain extremely vigilant as the number of cases reported to the UN health agency reached a new high.
"The pandemic is accelerating. More than 150,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported to WHO yesterday - most in a single day," Tedros said at a virtual press conference.
He said nearly half of these cases were reported from America, with a large number also from South Asia and the Middle East.
"The world is in a new and dangerous phase. Many people understandably are tired of being at home. Countries are understandably eager to open up their societies and economies," he said.
"But the virus is still spreading fast, it's still deadly, and most people are still vulnerable."
The novel corona virus has killed at least 454,000 people and infected more than 8.5 million since the outbreak in China last December. This emerges from a list of official sources compiled by AFP.
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