WHO Warns Of Accelerating COVID-19 Cases, Pandemic Now In "New And Dangerous Phase"

Not what we want to hear.

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WHO Warns Of Accelerating COVID-19 Cases, Pandemic Now In

The fight is far from over.

While Malaysia is seeing an excellent improvement when it comes to COVID-19 cases, that doesn't mean that we've won the war against the pandemic.

In fact, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that the spread of the coronavirus is accelerating.

That's bad news.

Highest number of cases reported in a day

The fight is still far from over.
News agency AFP quoted WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as saying that the COVID-19 pandemic is now in a "new and dangerous phase”.

According to Ghebreyesus, more than 150,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported to the WHO on 19 June, the most in a single day so far.

He has urged nations and citizens to remain extremely cautious with this new development.

"The world is in a new and dangerous phase. Many people are understandably fed up with being at home. Countries are understandably eager to open up their societies and economies.

"But the virus is still spreading fast, it's still deadly and most people are still susceptible," he said, adding that the most vulnerable will suffer the worst.

The virus is not slowing down yet.
WHO emergencies director Mike Ryan, meanwhile, told the news agency that countries should standby for second waves of infection – and second peaks within the first wave if it is not properly suppressed.

"You may have a second peak within your first wave, and then you may have a second wave: it's not either or," he said.

He added that exiting lockdowns must be done carefully.

Thankfully for us, our authorities are doing a great job so far when it comes to managing the pandemic. We hope it stays that way.

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