Coronavirus — New Cases, New Outbreaks, New Restrictions

  • The World Health Organization emphasized that some countries have already erred in their epidemic prevention work so that they cannot immediately resume a normal life.
  • According to the latest statistics from Reuters, the cumulative number of new COVID-19 diagnoses worldwide has exceeded 13 million.
  • A new outbreak has exploded in Hong Kong, with 253 new confirmed cases since July.

The World Health Organization once again warned countries that if they cannot comply with medical precautions, the global coronavirus epidemic will continue to deteriorate. WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also admitted that in the foreseeable future, it will be difficult for the world to restore its original lifestyle.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948, and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The WHO is a member of the United Nations Development Group. Its predecessor, the Health Organization, was an agency of the League of Nations.

The World Health Organization emphasized that some countries have already erred in their epidemic prevention work so that they cannot immediately resume a normal life. Dr. Tedros said, “Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one. If basics are not followed, the only way this pandemic is going to go — it is going to get worse and worse and worse.”

According to the latest statistics from Reuters, the cumulative number of new COVID-19 diagnoses worldwide has exceeded 13 million. Previously, the cumulative number of confirmed cases worldwide exceeded 12 million on July 8. In just five days, this number increased by another 1 million. WHO data shows that this number is three times the total number of severe influenza cases.

At present, the cumulative number of confirmed diagnoses in North America and Latin America has exceeded half of the global confirmed figures. The United States currently has more than 3.3 million confirmed cases, but the country has continued to have a large number of new cases in the past few days.

Reuters statistics show that the number of confirmed cases of new coronavirus in 40 states continues to rise, but US President Donald Trump and White House officials continue to claim that the new coronavirus epidemic has been controlled, and schools at all levels are expected to reopen to the public this fall.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi emphasized in an interview with CNN, “the president and his administration are messing with the health of our children. We all want our children to go back to school. Teachers do, parents do and children do. But they must go back safely.”

Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies, also called on countries not to turn the question of whether to restart schools into a political issue, emphasizing that countries can restart schools after successfully preventing the spread of the new coronavirus.

Although a local court ruled that the government of Catalonia in Spain should lift the mandatory blockade, the head of Catalonia still called on about 160,000 residents of the area to stay at home as much as possible.

At the same time, India also hit a new high of single-day confirmed cases on Monday, reporting nearly 29,000 confirmed cases, which also increased the cumulative number of confirmed cases in India to nearly 900,000. In addition, India also notified 500 cases of deaths on Monday, raising the cumulative number of deaths to 23,174.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is an Ethiopian microbiologist and internationally recognized malaria researcher, who has served since 2017 as Director-General of the World Health Organization. He has held two high-level positions in the government of Ethiopia: Minister of Health from 2005 to 2012 and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012 to 2016.

A new outbreak has exploded in Hong Kong, with 253 new confirmed cases since July. Some 182 of these are local cases. The Hong Kong government announced a new wave of social distancing measures on Monday evening.

These require restaurants to open from 6 PM to early morning, and masks must be worn when taking public transportation. Violators can be fined up to 5,000 HKD, ($645.06).

Other regulations also include the requirement that passengers traveling to Hong Kong must have a test result before boarding, and the result must be negative. Foreign servants arriving in Hong Kong must be quarantined at the hotel for 14 days.

In view of India and Pakistan being high-risk areas for the new coronavirus epidemic, Indian and Pakistani residents who return to Hong Kong must return to Hong Kong in batches.

The Hong Kong government also stipulates that 12 entertainment venues, including video game console centers, health centers, and bathrooms, will be closed for 7 days, and the crowd limit will be restored from the original 50 people. The Hong Kong government said that these measures will take effect in the early hours of Wednesday for a week.

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