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The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that the situation of the new Corona virus was worsening around the world, warning against lax measures.
The organization announced the highest daily death toll from new infections, with the Covid-19 epidemic spreading widely in the Americas.
After organizing mass demonstrations against racism in the United States and abroad, the organization urged those participating in the demonstrations to take preventive measures.
The new Coronavirus has claimed more than 403,000 people out of at least 7 million infected since the first outbreak of the epidemic in China last December, according to a census conducted by Agence France-Presse according to official sources.
“Although the situation is improving in Europe, it is getting worse globally,” said the organization’s director general, Tedros Adhanum Gebresos, at an online press conference in Geneva.
And he added that “more than a hundred thousand injuries were recorded in the last nine of the ten days. Yesterday (Sunday) it recorded more than 136 thousand injuries, which is the highest ever record of injuries recorded in one day.”
And he explained that about 75 percent of the recorded injuries Sunday were detected in ten countries, the majority of which are in the Americas and South Asia.
Tidros said that “relaxation is the greatest danger at present” in countries where conditions are improving, adding that “most of the world’s population is still vulnerable to infection” with Covid-19.
He added that “more than six months after the pandemic, now is not the time” for complacency.
Regarding the wave of protests that took place against the background of the case of George Floyd, the black American who spent his arrest at the hands of a white policeman, Tidros called for close monitoring of the virus’s path to ensure that a second outbreak would not occur, especially with the gathering of mass gatherings.
He said, “The World Health Organization fully supports equality and the global movement against racism. We reject discrimination in all its forms.”
The Director-General called on the demonstrators to maintain a distance between them not less than a meter and to abide by the rest of the directions for prevention.
For his part, the director of the organization’s emergency program, Michael Ryan, said that participating in a massive demonstration is not considered a technical contact.
He considered that the appreciation of this is due to the local health services, calling on all those who feel sick symptoms to refrain from demonstrating or any group activity.