Geneva / The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, asked the world on Wednesday to remain on alert for the COVID-19 pandemic despite the reduction of cases in some of the most affected countries in Europe, since “the virus will be with us for a long time”.
“In some countries the pandemic is in its preliminary phase, in others there are outbreaks … much remains to be done and the virus will be with us for a long time,” the Ethiopian warned at a press conference.
After stressing that the world is approaching 2.5 million cases and that it has already exceeded 160,000 deaths, the WHO’s highest official stated that social distancing measures “have successfully halted infections in many countries, but the virus is still very dangerous. “
Tedros indicated that one of the greatest risks in the current phase is “falling into complacency” and acknowledged that it is understandable that in many countries where the population has been confined for several weeks, people feel “frustrated”.
The epidemiologist affirmed that, even in the countries where misconceptions begin, things will not be the same as before, but rather that a “new normal” will be adopted in which it is expected that the population will be “better prepared” for future epidemics.
Global data: 169,006 dead and 2.47 million infected
The cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) today reached 2.47 million, with more than 80,000 infections diagnosed in the last 24 hours.
The number of deaths worldwide is 169,006, more than 6,000 reported after the previous WHO daily update, which represents a new upswing in both the number of new cases and the number of deaths.
Europe, with 1.21 million infections, continues to concentrate half of the infections on the planet, followed by America, with 925,000 cases, and could exceed one million affected before the end of this week.
However, in the number of deaths, Europe, with more than 106,000 deaths, far exceeds the more than 42,000 deaths on the American continent.
The United States, Spain, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and France remain, in this order, as the most affected countries in number of cases.
Of the six countries, Spain, Italy, Germany and France show in their graphs descending curves in the number of infections since the beginning of the month, although with some rebounds on certain days.
The UK and US, which may have peaked in mid-April, still do not show clear downward trends.
According to statistics from health authorities, the patients recovered on the planet today exceeded the 700,000 line, while those in serious or critical condition remain, as in previous days, around 57,000. (April 23, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)
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