In Geneva, the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned Wednesday the pandemic will soon reach a grim milestone of 10 million confirmed coronavirus cases. This is Dr. Mike Ryan, head of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme.
Dr. Michael Ryan: “The epidemic in the Americas, in general, is still intense. It’s particularly intense in Central and South America, and that’s across a range of countries. And we’ve seen a steady and worrying continuation of trend, with many countries experiencing between 25 and 50% rise in cases over the last week, which means many, many countries in Central and South America and in the Americas, in general, are still sustained community transmission.”
Brazil remains the hardest-hit nation in Latin America, with an official death toll of nearly 54,000. India continues to report record coronavirus cases almost daily, and hospitals in New Delhi, the epicenter of India’s outbreak, are bracing for a half a million COVID-19 cases by late July.