The head of the World Health Organization said on Friday that the pandemic was accelerating.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva that nearly half of the cases reported on Friday were in the Americas, with significant numbers in South Asia and the Middle East.
Brazil is a hot spot: In Brazil, the total number of cases has increased by more than 50,000 since the previous day. Pres. Jair Bolsonaro says the impact of restrictions on the economy in Brazil could be more deadly.
The #COVID19 pandemic is accelerating. Over 150K new cases were reported to @WHO yesterday – the most in a single day so far. The virus is still spreading fast & deadly. Most people are still susceptible. We call on all countries & all people to exercise extreme vigilance. pic.twitter.com/i6GKobhPWn— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) June 20, 2020
The new coronavirus has infected more than 8.5 million people worldwide and more than 454,000 people have already died, according to figures verified by Johns Hopkins University.
The actual number is thought to be much higher, because many cases are asymptomatic or not tested, reports The Guardian.