Coronavirus yet to peak in Americas as 10 million case mark looms


Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said the greatest threat facing the world is not the virus itself, which has now killed over 465,000 people and infected almost nine million worldwide, but "the lack of global solidarity and global leadership".

Tedros said that the WHO continues to urge all countries to redouble efforts on fundamental public health measures known to work.

He cited the incidence data for June 21, when more than 183 thousand new cases of COVID-19 infection were recorded worldwide in order to prove the acceleration of the spread of coronavirus infection.

"We can not defeat this pandemic with a divided world", Ghebreyesus told the virtual health forum organised by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. As of noon EDT Monday, there had been more than 101,000 cases and more than 8,400 related deaths reported in Canada.

Officials of the agency during a virtual briefing from Geneva on Monday said this was the largest single-day increase of the virus since it was first detected in Wuhan, China.

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"Demand has already surged, following the United Kingdom trial results showing dexamethasone's clear benefit". Fortunately, dexamethasone is an affordable drug and many manufacturers worldwide can likely accelerate production.

World Health Organization emphasised that dexamethasone should only be used for patients with severe or critical disease, under close clinical supervision. Transparency and constant monitoring will be key to ensuring that needs dictate supplies, rather than means, and that suppliers are able to guarantee quality.

The organisation's Covid-19 supply portal allows countries in need of personal protective equipment and laboratory diagnostics, to make requests online. Meanwhile, WHO is also working with countries to maintain essential health services. More than half of the countries reported disruptions for mental health disorders, antenatal care, cancer diagnosis and treatment, and services for sick children.

WHO, it said, is shipping 140 million items of equipment to 135 countries, as well as 14,000 oxygen concentrators and millions of test kits.

"I would characterise the situation as still evolving, not having reached its peak yet, and likely to result in sustained numbers of cases and deaths in the coming weeks", Ryan said.