Infection rates in Latin America growing rapidly as lockdowns ease in Europe
The World Health Organization gave a stark warning on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over, after 106,000 new cases were recorded worldwide over the past 24 hours – the most in a single day so far.
Speaking in Geneva, the WHO’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the virus was spreading in poorer countries, just as wealthier nations were emerging from lockdown.
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Russia passed 300,000. The number – the second highest in the world – now stands at 308,705, after 8,764 new infections were reported on Wednesday.
All 50 states in the US – the country with the highest number of cases – have eased their lockdowns to a greater or lesser extent.
The World Health Organization reported 90,000 confirmed cases in Africa – with more than 35,000 recoveries and 2,885 deaths. The widespread outbreak predicted across the continent has so far failed to materialise.
South Korean high schools opened on Wednesday for the first time since the pandemic began. Mask-wearing senior students went back to class as part of a phased plan to reopen all schools.
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