COVID-19 Pandemic Is ‘Accelerating — WHO Chief

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director General of the World Health Organization speaks during a news conference on updates regarding on the novel coronavirus COVID-19 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland Monday

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director General of the World Health Organization speaks during a news conference on updates regarding on the novel coronavirus COVID-19 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland Monday

The head of the World Health Organization warned Monday that the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating as more than 350,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide.

The first 100,000 cases were reported in the first 67 days of the virus, the second 100,000 cases came 11 days later and the next 100,000 cases just came four days after that, it said.

However, WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated there was still a room to "change the trajectory".

He urged countries to observe rigorous testing and contact-tracing in a bid to slow the spread, and eventually flatten the curve, of COVID-19. "You have to attack as well", he told a joint news conference with Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino to launch a "kick out coronavirus" campaign featuring footballers.

He also said 'defensive measures' are not enough to stop the virus. More than 130 have since been diagnosed with Covid-19, including one who died on Tuesday.

He praised countries for mobilizing their resources and sending emergency medical teams and supplies to help other crisis-hit nations, and urged the WHO's partners and nations around the world to "rationalise and prioritize" the use of personal protective equipment and cooperate to ease these issues.

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There are more than 370,000 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, according to a dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering, which tracks COVID-19 data in near real time.

The number of officially recorded cases is believed to represent only a fraction of the true number of infections, with many countries only testing the most severe cases in need of hospitalisation. Italy ranks second with 63,927.

While the deaths in China rose to 1,016 with more than 42,000 confirmed infections, World Health Organization announced that the new virus would be called "COVID-19".

"Deaths and new cases have grown every day for more than a month", NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports. Meanwhile, the number of cities in Hubei under lockdown rose to 13 and disrupted the life of 41 million people.

Australia and Canada have already said they are withdrawing from the 2020 Games and organizers are facing growing pressure in their 124-year modern history to postpone them for the first time. Patients are most often endorsed for close monitoring when they have reached a critical stage, making recovery very hard.

And health secretary Matt Hancock criticised people who flout social distancing rules as "selfish" and warned the country could put even stricter restrictions in place.

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