WHO Reporting Largest Single Day Increase of COVID-19 Cases

WHO Reporting Largest Single Day Increase of COVID-19 Cases

WHO Reporting Largest Single Day Increase of COVID-19 Cases

On Sunday, the global health organization reported more than 183,000 new cases over a 24 hours period.

More than 8.53 million people have been reported infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 453,834 have died, a Reuters tally showed as of 1326 GMT on Friday.

Brazil, the world's No. 2 coronavirus hot spot after the United States, officially passed 50,000 coronavirus deaths on Sunday, a blow for the country which is already grappling with more than 1 million cases, rising political instability and a crippled economy.

The WHO warned last week of a new and risky phase of the coronavirus pandemic, with people tiring of lockdowns despite the disease's rapid spread. Tony Holohan said: "Of the 22 confirmed cases we are reporting to you today, nine of these were diagnosed in people under the age of 35".

Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on February 28, 2020.

"We know that the pandemic is much more than a health crisis, it is an economic crisis, a social crisis, and in many countries a political crisis", he added.

"Its effects will be felt for decades to come".

"The world is in a new and risky phase", Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva.

While some countries are continuing to see a rapid rise in cases and deaths, others are seeing an increase in cases as they ease restrictions.

The WHO emphasises that dexamethasone should only be used for patients with severe or critical disease under close clinical supervision.

The spike in infections increased nervousness in the business world as markets mostly fell on Monday.

After enjoying a broadly positive week, traders turned cautious on news of a worrying jump in fresh cases in several U.S. states including California, Texas and Florida.

The sporting world has been reemerging from the darkness, although for every step forward it seems to take one back.

Five players from Serbian club Red Star Belgrade tested positive for coronavirus after playing a match attended by 16,000 people, the club said Monday.

"Certainly the numbers are increasing because the epidemic is developing in a number of populous countries at the same time and across the whole world", WHO's top emergencies expert, Mike Ryan, told an online briefing.

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