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WHO worried over Covid-19 escalation in the Americas


The World Health Organization said Tuesday that it’s worried about the rapidly worsening outbreaks in the Americas, as Brazil and the U.S. continue to face surges in coronavirus cases.

Without mentioning the United States by name, WHO officials indicated that they are worried about the country’s current surge in coronavirus cases.

“Not only Brazil, but the whole Latin America doesn’t look good. Cases are on the rise. Deaths are on the rise. And even North America, Mesoamerica, except for Canada. Canada is doing better,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the United Nation’s health agency.  

Mesoamerica encompasses parts of Mexico and Central America. North America includes Mexico, Canada, Greenland and the United States. Greenland is the only nation out of those four that doesn’t have any active Covid-19 infections. In fact, it had just 13 cases total, all of which have since recovered, according to WHO data. 

“We’re concerned. In the rest of the world … the virus is leveling off,” Tedros continued, adding that some countries outside the Americas are showing progress in containing the pandemic. “But many countries are actually having more cases and deaths are on the rise.”

Cases in the U.S. have more than doubled since mid-May, infecting more than 2.9 million people and killing at least 130,306 so far, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. 

Several states including Florida, Texas and California have hit record highs in the daily number of new cases over the past weeks. The outbreaks continue to grow worse as the country grapples to reduce the infection rate. 

SOURCE: cnbc.com fffffffffffff


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