New Coronavirus Cases See Biggest Increase In Single Day — WHO Director General

Clay Curtis
May 23, 2020

World Health Organization head, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had already agreed to a review of the agency's handling of the pandemic, while dismissing suggestions it needed a far-reaching overhaul.

"I hope the recommendations of the independent committee will be taken seriously by member states", he said. In reality, however, Brazil's recorded case numbers might be just the tip of the iceberg. The Ministry of Health of Brazil first reported 19,951 new cases, but it was later adjusted to 21,472. The two areas account for almost a third of all confirmed cases in Brazil.

Dr Tedros noted that the World Health Organization was also "very concerned about the rising numbers of cases in low- and middle-income countries". "The pandemic has taught and informed many lessons". Health is not a cost.

They put the decision off until later this year, when the World Health Assembly resumes for a longer session. "It's the smart choice". With over 315,000 recorded infections, the country has the second-highest number of cases in the world after the US. This means there will be "no going back to business as usual", according to Tedros, adding the virus is still "extremely unsafe".

The WHA resolution bucked a trend that has seen China and the US butt heads at recent global summits over various stipulations in proposed multilateral agreements, in several cases resulting in no final recommendations being made. He has pointed to the coronavirus pandemic as proof of the danger he believes Bolsonaro is to Brazil and said impeachment should be considered.

Washington said Taiwan's continued exclusion "further damages the WHO's credibility and effectiveness".

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Tedros has always promised a post-pandemic review and "accountability".

Dr. Mike Ryan, the WHO's executive director emergencies, spoke about the resolution adopted by the organization's 194 member states, including the U.S., sponsored by the European Union on behalf of more than 100 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and Turkey.

"The draft resolution proposes to initiate at the appropriate moment an evaluation rather than to launch an 'independent worldwide review, '" Zhao said.

"The majority of the cases are from the Sao Paulo region", said Ryan.

The WHO representatives also referred at the press conference to the use of hydroxychloroquine, a medicine for malaria that has been mentioned in the media as a potential treatment for coronavirus infections. "I look at that as, in a certain respect, as being a good thing because it means our testing is much better", he said at the White House. "It's hard to know what's really happening based on the available data". The US ranks 16th global terms of tests per 1,000 people, ahead of South Korea.

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