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WHO warns pandemic is ‘not even close to being over’

GENEVA/ SWITZERLAND:  The coronavirus pandemic is “not even close to being over”, the WHO warned on Monday. Its been six months since the Covid-19 outbreak started and global death toll has passed half a million. The number of infections recorded worldwide topped 10 million. And cases are surging in Latin America and the United States. World economies have crippled.

“We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives,” World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.  “But the hard reality is this is not even close to being over,” he said, adding that “although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up.”

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Covid-19 is still raving across the US, more than 125,000 deaths have been recorded and 2.5 million cases reported– both figures make a quarter of the global total cases.

In Latin America, corona virus continues to rise . Brazil, Peru, Chile and Mexico are among the most affected countries in the world. 

Despite progress in some countries, he said the pandemic was speeding up and the world would need even greater stores of resilience, patience and generosity in the months ahead.

“Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world – and our lives – would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus,” Tedros said at the WHO press conference