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Coronavirus shock: Pandemic reaches 'dangerous' new phase

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The virus has spread around the world and has infected 9,073,386 people. The death toll from the virus is at 471,591. Despite it’s continued risk, countries around the world have begun to ease their lockdown measures as their infection rates slow.

WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that the peak of the virus is yet to come.

It follows the WHO reporting that a record 176,000 new cases were reported on Friday, the largest single day increase the agency has seen so far.

At a news briefing, Dr Ghebreyesus said: “The pandemic is accelerating

“The world is in a new and dangerous phase.”

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He continues: “Many people are understandably fed up with being at home.

“Countries are understandably eager to open up their societies and economies.

“But the virus is still spreading fast.

“It is still deadly.

“And most people are still susceptible.”

It comes as Brazil has seen a rapidly developing epidemic, becoming the second country in the world to report over a million cases of COVID-19.

According to John Hopkins University on Monday June 22, Brazil has 1,106,470 cases and 51,271 deaths.

The country still has yet to appoint a permanent Health Minister after the second one appointed during the pandemic, Nelson Teich, resigned.

His popular predecessor, Luiz Mandetta, was fired by he country’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, on April 16 following disagreements over social isolation measures, which Bolsonaro has dismissed as unnecessary.

Since the beginning of June, the number of global infections has continued to rise at a rate around one to two percent a day.

China, despite easing restrictions in April, is now attempting to contain a fresh outbreak in Beijing.

Germany, which has been highly regarded for its coronavirus response, has seen it’s 4 day infection rate (R) skyrocket from 1.79 to 2.88 on Saturday.

New Zealand, which declared itself coronavirus free after weekend without cases, now has 10 active cases after it allowed travellers to return home.



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