Coronavirus rages on: worst day for new cases as WHO registers 106,000 people infected

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The worst day to date for new cases of coronavirus has been recorded, with 106,000 newly infected people worldwide, WHO announced on Wednesday.

The head of the United Nations health agency, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said Tuesday that there were 106,000 cases reported to WHO – the most in a single day since the epidemic began début in December.

The new figures come after states around the world have dramatically stepped up their testing programs.

“We still have a long way to go in this pandemic,” Tedros said in a virtual press conference as his agency warned of rising infection rates in poor countries.

The head of the United Nations health agency, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Tuesday that there were 106,000 cases reported to WHO - the most in a single day since the epidemic began '' in December (photo Tuesday at headquarters in Geneva)

Head of the United Nations health agency, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Tuesday that there were 106,000 cases reported to WHO – the most in a single day since the epidemic began “in December ( photo Tuesday at headquarters in Geneva)

More than 4.9 million cases of the new coronavirus have been recorded in total since the outbreak of the epidemic in China last December, according to a count of official sources compiled by the AFP.

WHO emergency director Michael Ryan said the five million case mark would be a “tragic step.”

Tedros added: “We are very concerned about the growing number of cases in low and middle income countries. “

More than 325,000 people have lost their lives, according to the AFP count.

The annual gathering of WHO member states agreed on Tuesday to an independent investigation into the response of the United Nations agency against the coronaviruses amid mounting American criticism of its handling of the pandemic.

Donald Trump later released a letter to Tedros later Tuesday, saying that if the WHO did not commit to “significant substantial improvements” within 30 days, it would permanently freeze funding for the organization and would reconsider joining the United States.

Donald Trump later released a letter later Tuesday to Tedros, saying that if WHO does not commit to

Donald Trump later released a letter to Tedros later Tuesday, saying that if the WHO does not commit to “substantial substantive improvements” within 30 days, it would permanently freeze funding for the organization. and would reconsider joining the United States.

The United States is the largest contributor to the WHO budget and has already suspended funding, accusing the organization of gross mismanagement and concealment of the spread of the virus.

Pressed on the ultimatum, Tedros only said, “We have received the letter and are reviewing it. “

The Brazilian Ministry of Health on Wednesday recommended using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat even mild cases of COVID-19 - treatments that President Jair Bolsonaro has claimed despite the lack of conclusive evidence of their effectiveness

The Brazilian Ministry of Health on Wednesday recommended using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat even mild cases of COVID-19 – treatments that President Jair Bolsonaro has claimed despite the lack of conclusive evidence of their effectiveness

WHO agreed that an “impartial, independent and comprehensive assessment” of “WHO actions and their timeline regarding the COVID-19 pandemic” should be carried out “as soon as possible”.

Asked Wednesday at the time, Tedros said: “When all the conditions we need are actually met”.

Trump announced on Monday that he was taking hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug that, according to his own government experts, is not suitable for fighting the new coronavirus.

And the Brazilian Ministry of Health on Wednesday recommended using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat even mild cases of COVID-19 – treatments that President Jair Bolsonaro has claimed despite the lack of conclusive evidence of their effectiveness.

Ryan, of the WHO, said: “Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have so far been shown to be effective in the treatment of COVID-19 – or in the prophylaxis of the disease.”

The two drugs are part of a handful involved in clinical trials coordinated by WHO to find effective treatments for the disease. Some 3,000 patients participate in trials in 320 hospitals in 17 countries.

“As WHO, we recommend that for COVID-19, these drugs be reserved for use in such trials,” said Ryan.

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