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WHO says Americas is the Worst Affected in the World, Fear of Reemergence of COVID-19 Increases in China, US, and India

  • World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the Americas (both North America and South America) are the hardest hit by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. 4 of the 10 worst-hit countries in the world belong to the Americas. WHO’s top emergency expert Mike Ryan has said that COVID-19 is “highly active” in Central America and South America with the highest incidence of infection and death taking place in Brazil and Mexico. In a press conference, he said that Brazil is currently the global hot spot of coronavirus pandemic and the situation is alarming in the heavily populated Brazilian cities. Ryan said that Brazil’s bed occupancy rates in the hospital are over 90% and some intensive care units are at a very critical stage. While Brazil has more than 800,000 coronavirus infection cases and 41,000 deaths, Mexico has around 130,000 infection cases and more than 15,000 deaths. Reports have emerged that Saudi Arabia is considering canceling the annual hajj pilgrimage this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. An official named Chu Junwei of Beijing’s Fengtai District said in a press conference that 45 people have tested COVID-19 positive after throat swabs were tested of 517 people at the Xinfadi market. The district has put itself in “wartime emergency mode” to tackle the re-emergence of the disease. 11 residential communities near the wholesale market in China’s Fengtai District in Beijing have been locked down. With the fear of reemerging novel coronavirus cases in Beijing, China has also closed 6 major food markets. As India started to open up its economy this week, the daily cases of COVID-19 infections witnessed a record increase. Jay Butler, deputy director for infectious diseases at CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), has said that “Right now, communities are experiencing different levels of transmission occurring, as they gradually ease up onto the community mitigation efforts and gradually reopen”. He went on to say that they may again implement the strict social distancing measures that they imposed back in March if the infection cases increase dramatically in the US states.