Covid-19

Global COVID-19 Cases Climb To Over 10 Million But ‘Worst Is Yet To Come'

There are already more than 10.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally and the figure is expected to continue to grow. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the world is still far from the worst part of the pandemic and some countries are already failing to control the coronavirus. 

WHO officials said at a recent meeting that affected countries are not fighting the virus with the same levels of success or vigilance. In the U.S., which remains on top of the most affected nations, some government officials previously thought the worst of the coronavirus outbreak "is behind us," according to a Pew Research Center poll.

Almost all states announced plans to reopen in March to help the economy recover from the impacts of COVID-19 lockdowns. However, over the past weeks, several communities across the U.S. reported sudden spikes in new cases amid the reopening efforts, which prompted some state officials to resume lockdowns or restrictions. 

"The worst is yet to come," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told reporters from Geneva. "I'm sorry to say that. But with this kind of environment and condition, we fear the worst."

He also cited at the meeting some countries that are not doing more to stop the spread of COVID-19 while they work on reopening plans. 

Outbreaks "could have been prevented through the tools that we have at hand," Tedros said, as quoted by Business Insider. "Time after time and country after country, what we have seen is this virus can be suppressed if the governments are serious about the things they have to do — their share — and if the community can do its share."

But there are other governments that recently saw progress in the fight against the coronavirus. WHO praised hard-hit countries, including China, Germany, Japan and South Korea, that were able to contain the virus 

These countries adopted a multilayered public-health approach that helped them "to pounce on disease" quickly and effectively where it reemerges, according to Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO's Health Emergencies Program. Some of the successful efforts include increased nationwide testing and contact tracing, new public-health surveillance systems and coordination with citizens to stay home. 

However, Tedros warned that the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the world. He added that despite many countries making some progress, "globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up."

Coronavirus COVID-19 New York, USA A worker uses a forklift to move a body outside of the Brooklyn Hospital on March 31, 2020 in New York, United States. Due to a surge in deaths caused by the Coronavirus, hospitals are using refrigerator trucks as make shift morgues. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

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