WHO issues Statement Warning that COVID-19 will not Eradicate, US witnesses Sharpest Spike in Infection Cases
July 11 , 2020
World Health Organization officials have said on Friday that the countries all over the world are “very unlikely” to eradicate COVID-19 novel coronavirus. That’s why the worst affected countries may have to reinstate some lockdown measures (especially in smaller regions rather than on the entire country) to stop the spread of the infection like “a forest fire” and quickly become outbreaks. Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergency program has said in a press conference in the WHO’s headquarter in Geneva that some countries have successfully controlled the spread of the coronavirus but also warned that the infection can spread quickly when imported from other countries. He said that the potential second peaks can be avoided by remaining vigilant, maintaining physical distancing, maintaining hygiene, and wearing masks properly. Johns Hopkins University data shows that the US witnessed the sharpest single-day spike in infection with more than 63,200 new cases. However, the single-day death rate has come down from 2,000 per day 3-months back to below 600 deaths per day during June 23-July 8, 2020. However, COVID-19 related deaths are rising in some US states including Florida, Texas, California, Arizona, and others. After the US President Donald Trump said during an interview that White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci “is a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes”, Fauci said in another interview that he hasn’t briefed the President on COVID-19 for at least 2-months. On Friday, Gilead Sciences Inc has said that their antiviral remdesivir has helped reduce the risk of death in severely ill COVID-19 patients. However, they also added that rigorous clinical trials are required for confirming the benefit.