WHO warns that COVID-19 Pandemic might Last Longer and the Countries may face the Risk of Response Fatigue

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned on Saturday after its emergency committee meeting that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely going to be lengthy. Given the socio-economic pressures on countries, it has also warned of the risk of “response fatigue”. As per its assessment, WHO said that it continues to “assess the global risk level of Covid-19 to be very high”. The confirmed COVID-19 cases across the world have surpassed 17.4 million, out of which over 4.5 million cases have been reported in the United States itself. A key coronavirus model now has projected that by November 2020 there will be over 230,000 deaths in the US, which is an increase of 11,000 from the previous forecast. As the week enters Saturday, the death toll in the USA crossed 153,000. A powerful resurgence of COVID-19 cases has been reported in Louisiana. It continues to outpace Florida, Arizona, and New York in terms of COVID-19 cases per capita. Arizona’s Rep. Raul Grijalva (Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee) has tested positive for coronavirus after his fellow Congressman of Texas, Louie Gohmert (ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee), was earlier tested positive. With 393 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths, New Jersey’s total confirmed cases of coronavirus and deaths reach 182,029 and 13,955 respectively. Florida Department of Health (DOH) has said that the reported new cases in the state have shot up by 9,591 and 179 additional resident deaths. This has increased the total infection cases in Florida to 480,028 and 7,022 resident deaths.  Dr. Anthony Fauci said at a congressional hearing on Friday that the country’s ability to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection was hampered by the “diversity of response” by the US states. Thousands of new coronavirus cases are being reported across the world. Some of the worst cases of resurgence is reported in the USA, Brazil, India, Peru, South Africa, Turkey, UAE, Israel, Bahrain, Algeria, Kuwait, Qatar, Madagascar, Serbia, and Panama.  More than 25,800 Hispanics have died till now, resulting in the death of 1 Hispanic person in 5 deaths. Spain’s labor minister, Yolanda Díaz Pérez, has suggested on Saturday that they are considering an extension of their furlough scheme for an additional 3-month till the end of the year. A new report suggests that the worst affected community by the coronavirus pandemic in the US is the Hispanic community.