- “More than six months into the pandemic, this is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal,” Tedros said.
- Brazil is currently one of the hot spots of the pandemic, with the second-highest confirmed number of infected people and third-highest death toll.
- The rules have just taken effect that require all people arriving in the UK to quarantine themselves for 14 days.
The number of people infected with the new coronavirus hit new daily highs, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday. The WHO also noted that the pandemic has not yet peaked in Central America, according to news sources. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made these announcements in a brief meeting.
“More than six months into the pandemic, this is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal,” Tedros said. He urged countries to focus on an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus. More than 136,000 new infections, the highest daily total recorded yet, were reported worldwide on Sunday, Tedros said.
Nearly 75% of these are from 10 countries, most in America and South Asia. Responding to a question about China, the WHO’s leading emergency specialist, Dr. Mike Ryan, said retrospective investigations of how the outbreak has been addressed could wait. Instead, he emphasized, “we need to focus now on what we are doing today to prevent second peaks.”
Dr. Ryan also said that infections in Central American countries, including Guatemala, are still increasing, and the epidemic is complicated. “I think this is a very interesting time,” he said. Dr. Ryan called for strong government leadership and international support for the region.
Brazil is currently one of the hot spots of the pandemic, with the second-highest confirmed number of infected people, behind only the United States. Brazil is also third in total deaths, behind the United States and the United Kingdom, having overtaken Italy.
Maria van Kerkhove, a WHO epidemiologist, says a “comprehensive approach” is needed in South America. Worldwide, more than 7.2 million people have been reported to be infected with the coronavirus, and more than 411,000 have died. “This pandemic is far from over,” Van Kerkhove said.
At least half of Singaporeans infected with the coronavirus have been diagnosed with no symptoms at all, the government’s co-chief of the virus task force told Reuters on Monday. That reinforced the decision of local governments to gradually loosen their lockdown restrictions.
Asked about technical cooperation with the United States, after President Donald Trump’s announcement to end relations with the WHO ten days ago, Dr. Ryan said the WHO relies heavily on experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. “We will continue to do so until we are instructed or otherwise informed,” he added.
New Quarantine Rules in Effect in UK
The rules have just taken effect that require all people arriving in the UK to quarantine themselves for 14 days. People arriving by plane, ferry, or train— including British citizens— must provide the address where they will quarantine themselves. Those who do not comply will be punished.
British Home Secretary Priti Patel said the rule was to prevent a second wave of the coronavirus. However, the head of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, called it a “political barrier,” and was confident the rule would be scrapped.
O’Leary said that the Home Office itself acknowledged the regulation was impossible. Almost all travelers to the UK must fill in the “public health locator” form upon entry. Failure to comply may result in a penalty of £100, or you may be denied entry.
If they cannot provide an address, the government will arrange accommodation at the expense of the passengers. The law says there will also be checks to see if immigrants are complying with the rules.
It is known that there are exemptions for workers in a number of industries, such as road transportation and health workers who are working in important areas. The union representing the British Border Guard said the regulations were complex and they were not fully prepared.