South America 'effectively' new epicenter for coronavirus

Nellie Chapman
May 23, 2020

"In the last 24 hours, 106.000 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the world, which is the largest daily increase in the number of infected since the beginning of the pandemic", the WHO Director General said, adding that nearly two thirds of those cases were registered in four countries.

"I hope the recommendations of the independent committee will be taken seriously by member states", he said.

"We still have a long way to go in this pandemic", he said on Twitter. "The pandemic has taught and informed many lessons. It's the smart choice". The U.S. has the highest number of both confirmed cases and deaths, which have passed 90,000. This means there will be "no going back to business as usual", according to Tedros, adding the virus is still "extremely unsafe". During an appearance on "Bill Hemmer Reports" Thursday, Dr. Marc Siegel suggested that USA officials should keep an eye on the spread of COVID-19 in South America.

The United States and Australia have for weeks been demanding an investigation into how the pandemic was handled by the World Health Organization and China.

Tedros added: "We're very concerned about the rising numbers of cases in low- and middle-income countries".

Meanwhile, Teros said he has received a letter from Trump, but didn't want to comment further.

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The highest rate was recorded in Morrisania, The Bronx, where 43 percent of residents tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. Moreover, the spread is continuing in those communities, and "that's where the new cases are coming from", said Cuomo.

Tuesday's resolution underlines that the review of the WHO's performance must ultimately improve the global capacity for pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.

"WHO is supporting Member States to ensure supply chains remain open and medical supplies reach health workers and patients", he said.

"I think, if Bolsonaro continues to act irresponsibly, as he has been doing, the people will not accept him for three more years", Silva said. "It has to be done and when it's done it has to be a comprehensive one", Tedros said of the review, not specifying when it would be done.

"The majority of the cases are from the Sao Paulo region", said Ryan.

The World Health Organization named South America the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in its Friday report, with cases in Brazil skyrocketing, placing it third in infections worldwide.

We, of course, note that Professor Winston Davidson of the School of Public Health and Health Technology, at the University of Technology, Jamaica, has congratulated the "WHO and its professional and technical experts for its indefatigable scientific, evidence-based, data-driven, fact-based, peer-reviewed scientific work", in a letter to the editor in Tuesday's edition of the newspaper.

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