A man wearing a mask to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, carries a ladder past a row of people waiting to enter a bank in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Picture: Elmer Martinez/AP
A man wearing a mask to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, carries a ladder past a row of people waiting to enter a bank in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Picture: Elmer Martinez/AP

Coronavirus pandemic accelerating with Americas worst, warns WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay and Michael Shields Time of article published Jun 19, 2020

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Geneva - The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, with Thursday's 150,000 new cases the highest in a single day and nearly half of them in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

"The world is in a new and dangerous phase," Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva. "The virus is still spreading fast, it is still deadly, and most people are still susceptible."

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.

Tedros, whose leadership of the WHO has been severely criticised by U.S. President Donald Trump, urged people to maintain social distancing and "extreme vigilance."

As well as the Americas, a large number of new cases were coming from South Asia and the Middle East, Tedros added.

Reuters

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