‘This is a dangerous moment:’ WHO urges action as COVID-19 cases skyrocket

'This is a dangerous moment:' WHO urges action as COVID-19 cases skyrocket
The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to soar worldwide.

The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to soar.

According to the World Health Organization’s website, there were 438,633 new cases of COVID-19 reported to them in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases worldwide to 42,512,186.

The global death toll from COVID-19 now stands at 1,147,301 after 5,669 deaths from the virus were reported to them in the last 24 hours.

The United States had the highest number of new infections of any country in the past 24 hours with 82,630 new cases, followed by India (50,129), France (45,388), Brazil (30,026), the United Kingdom (23,012), Italy (19,640), Russia (16,710), Argentina (15,718), Poland (13,628) the Czech Republic (12,474) and Germany (11,176).

France, Italy, Poland as well as Hungary (3,149), Greece (935), and Luxembourg (862) were among a handful of countries that reported their highest single-day new case tally.

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A chart showing the highest number of new COVID-19 cases by country on Oct. 25 (Photo: World Health Organization)

WHO’s director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in his opening remarks at the World Health Summit on Sunday, that rising case numbers in the northern hemisphere represent a “dangerous moment” for many.

“This is a dangerous moment for many countries in the northern hemisphere as COVID-19 cases spike, but again and again, we have seen that taking the right actions quickly means the outbreak can be managed,” he said, later adding. “In the face of this unprecedented threat, leaders must strike a delicate balance between protecting their people and maintaining essential health services, while minimizing social and economic damage, and respecting human rights.”

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Tedros urged leaders to plan and take action to deal with the rising case numbers, not just in the short-term but in the long-term as well.

“It’s not enough to be reactive. We must plan and take action for the COVID-19 pandemic over the long-haul. We have to move from ad-hoc solutions to long-term planning, to protect lives and livelihoods,” he said. “We still have a long haul ahead of us. We cannot slow down & we cannot waver.”


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