Peak of the pandemic is yet to come, U.S. withdraws from WHO
Coronavirus continues spreading rapidly around the world. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the world has “not reached the peak of the pandemic” and the “outbreak is accelerating.” Figures support this - over 400,000 more cases of coronavirus were registered globally in the last few days alone. The WHO decided to send a team of experts to China to gain a better understanding of the origins of the dangerous disease. The organization recognized the fact that the virus is airborne. It was previously believed that the infection spreads only through big drops when coughing and sneezing or direct conversation with the infected ones. But now experts took into account the evidence of several hundred of scientists who said that a person can catch the virus through small particles which are trapped in the air in enclosed spaces.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration formally notified the United Nations that the United States is withdrawing from the WHO. Earlier, the U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the organization’s activity and announced that America will withdraw from WHO in a year. The U.S. is the largest donor that provides 15 percent of the organization’s budget. The main complaint of President Trump was the neglect of reliable reports of the coronavirus spread in China. He said that the organization responded too slow and was under Beijing’s control.
To date, almost 11.8 million people are infected with COVID-19 in the world. The U.S. still has the biggest number of 2,996,098 coronavirus cases, followed by Brazil with more than 1,668,000 infected people, including President Jair Bolsonaro who tested positive today. He feels well now, but earlier he had a body temperature of up to 38 degrees Celsius.
India comes right after Brazil with the number of cases. This South Asian country announced the second phase of lifting the isolation mode at the end of June despite the rapid spread of the infection. Indian authorities decided to extend quarantine only in those regions where the number of infected people keeps growing. The country registers tens of thousands cases per day. Over 742,000 people have been infected in India since the beginning of the pandemic. More than 20,000 of them died.
As Johns Hopkins University reported, India is followed by Russia, Peru, Chile, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Spain and Iran in numbers of coronavirus cases.