Covid-19 pandemic not even close to being over

Clay Curtis
June 30, 2020

Six months after China first alerted the agency to a new respiratory infection, the grim milestone of 10 million confirmed infections has been reached. "The hard reality is this is not even close to being over...we're all in this for the long haul".

As countries report fresh cases of coronavirus, and lockdown are being reinforced in many parts of the world, the World Health Organization chief has given another warning.

Six months on from the novel coronavirus outbreak, the World Health Organization said Monday it was sending a team to China to work towards finding the source - as it warned the pandemic was far from over.

The WHO is sending a team to China next week in connection with the search for the origin of the virus that sparked the global pandemic.

On Monday a state of emergency was declared in the capital Brasilia, following a surge there.

He urged all countries to prioritize five sets of measures to save lives, including empowering communities and individuals to protect themselves and others, suppressing virus transmission, saving lives with oxygen and dexamethasone for instance, accelerating research on COVID-19, and strengthening political leadership and solidarity.

"Wearing simple face coverings is not about protecting ourselves, it is about protecting everyone we encounter".

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As Colombia faces the daunting task of reopening certain economic sectors, the country has registered 92,000 coronavirus cases and has been recording its highest numbers of infections and deaths for nearly a week.

"Guinness is good for you", quipped Mark O'Mahony - the first to order a pint with his breakfast at a Dublin pub.

In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his country had gone through a "profound shock" as he prepared to unveil a large stimulus programme. Non-essential shops will close from Tuesday and, as will schools from Thursday.

In a reminder of the constant threat of newly-emerged pathogens, researchers in Chinese universities and the country's Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced they had discovered a novel swine flu that was capable of triggering another pandemic.

Despite progress in some countries, he said the pandemic was speeding up and the world would need even greater stores of resilience, patience, and generosity in the months ahead.

"People are struggling to feed their families", she said.

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