The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) told countries to keep on pressing with their efforts to contain COVID-19 as the global situation worsens and new cases had their biggest daily increase ever.
WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told an online briefing that no country should “take its foot off the pedal” with almost 7 million global cases and more than 400,000 deaths.
With almost 7M #COVID19 cases & 400K deaths globally, this is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal. We urge active:
-surveillance to ensure the virus does not rebound
-finding, isolating, testing & caring for every case
-tracing & quarantining every contact https://t.co/B7po1dAN3F
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) June 8, 2020
On Sunday, more than 136,000 new cases were reported worldwide – the highest single-day increase since the start of the pandemic.
Nearly 75% of the cases were reported in 10 countries, mostly in the Americas and South Asia, he said during the briefing.
Maria van Kerkhove, a WHO epidemiologist warned that with the number of global cases, a “comprehensive approach” was needed for contact tracing.
“This is far from over,” she said pointing to the second wave of cases in countries.