There are now more than 5 million cases of coronavirus worldwide, with a record 106,000 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, the World Health Organization said.
“We are very concerned about the increasing cases in low and middle income countries.”
Latin America has overtaken the US and Europe in the past week to report the largest portion of new daily cases globally.
This is a new phase in the spread of the virus, which initially peaked in China in the previous February large-scale outbreaks in Europe and the United States.
Latin America accounts for around one third of the 91,000 cases reported earlier this week. Europe and the United States each contribute more than 20 percent.
A large number of new cases come from Brazil, which has recently surpassed Germany, France, and the United Kingdom to become the third largest outbreak in the world, behind the United States and Russia.
Kasing in Brazil now rises at the second daily pace after the US.
There are no comments about the latest threats from Trump
The WHO has come under fire from US President Donald Trump, who accused him of mismanaging the plague and siding with China.
This week, Trump threatened to withdraw from WHO and permanently withhold US funds.
Dr. Tedros admitted that he had received a letter from Trump, but declined to comment further.
WHO has announced a review of responses to pandemics.
“WHO is holding more accountable than anyone,” Dr. Tedros about the review, while refusing to allow time to start.
The first 41 cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Wuhan, China, on January 10 and it took the world until April 1 to reach its first million cases.
Since then, around 1 million new cases have been reported every two weeks, according to a Reuters count.
In more than 5 million cases, the virus has infected more people in under six months of the annual total of severe flu cases, estimated by the World Health Organization to be around 3 million to 5 million globally.
The pandemic has officially claimed more than 326,000 lives, although the actual number is estimated to be higher because tests are still limited and many countries do not include deaths outside the hospital.
More than half of the total deaths have been recorded in Europe.
Despite the continuing increase in cases, many countries open schools and workplaces after locking weeks that hinder spread.
Financial markets were also slightly boosted by promising preliminary results from the first US vaccine trials in humans.
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