"Let me be blunt: Too many countries are headed in the wrong direction. The virus remains public enemy number one, but the actions of many governments and people do not reflect this," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned Monday (7/13/2020) that the coronavirus pandemic is increasingly growing out of control in North and South America. They state that the virus will continue spreading without stop unless governments and individuals take the steps needed to suppress its transmission.
The US has 3.37M confirmed cases and 137K deaths. 12.5 million people worldwide have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than half of those cases, 6.5 million, have been in the Americas.
Global health officials have repeatedly stated that they believe the virus will continue to spread until an effective vaccine is available. When and if a vaccine is developed, has made many uneasy. For now, without best practices of testing, tracing and isolating those who have been infected or exposed to the virus, Tedros warned, life will not return to normal anytime soon.
"If the basics aren't followed, there is only one way this pandemic is going to go: It is going to get worse, and worse, and worse," Tedros said.
Six months after the first identified case was confirmed in Washington state, the US is now the hardest hit of any country in the world with 66,281 new cases reported on Saturday, and 57,789 reported on Sunday.
Brazil, the next-hardest hit country, has 1.87M confirmed cases and 72K deaths