Speaking at a press conference, Gebreyesus pointed out that the global situation was deteriorating, even after Europe seems to have left the worst of the epidemic behind.
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The biggest threat is complacency, he warned, urging countries to continue “active control” to ensure that there is no recovery of those infected in those countries that have passed the peak of the spread.
Tedros commented: “They are already registered more than 7 million infected with the new coronavirus and more than 408,000 died. Although the situation in Europe is improving, globally, it is deteriorating. More than 100,000 infected people have been registered every day for most of the past two weeks.
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Almost 75% of the last infected come from 10 countries, mostly in the Americas and South Asia. Many countries in Africa are also experiencing an increase, although so far the total number of those infected there is relatively small. We also observe increasing the number of infected in parts of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
At the same time, we are encouraged that some countries around the world are seeing positive signs. The biggest threat now is complacency. Studies show that most people are still susceptible to infection. Parties should continue to actively monitor and control to ensure that the virus does not return, especially after mass gatherings of all kinds began to resume. Without proper safeguards and controls, the revival is a real threat. ”