As the pandemic worsens globally, new coronavirus cases have registered the biggest daily increase ever and has yet to reach the peak in central America, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday, urging countries to pursue efforts to contain the virus.
The WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that more than 136,000 new cases were reported worldwide on Sunday, were the most in a single day so far. Around the 75% of them were reported from 10 countries, mostly in the Americas and South Asia.
Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO’s top emergencies expert, responding to a question on China, stressed that retrospective studies of how the outbreak has been addressed could wait, underlining: “We need to focus now on what we are doing today to prevent second peaks.”
Ryan also said that “complex” epidemics as the infections in central American countries including Guatemala were still on the rise.
Brazil has the second highest number of confirmed cases and is now one of the hotspots of the pandemic, behind only the United States, and the death toll last week surpassed Italy’s.
The Health Ministry led to further confusion after removing cumulative numbers for coronavirus deaths in Brazil from a national website, with a controversy started releasing two contradictory sets of figures for the latest tally of infection cases and fatalities.
Ryan, responding about technical cooperation with the United States after President Donald Trump announced 10 days ago the termination of the relationship with the WHO, replied that the WHO relies heavily on experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.
“We will continue to do that until we are otherwise instructed or informed,” he added.