On Monday, director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said almost 7 million cases of Covid-19 have now been reported to WHO, and nearly 400 000 deaths.
He says: “Although the situation in Europe is improving, globally it is worsening.
“More than 100 000 cases have been reported on nine of the past 10 days.
“Yesterday, [Sunday] more than 136 000 cases were reported, the most in a single day so far.”
He said 75% of these cases were from 10 countries, mostly in the Americas and South Asia.
“Most countries in the African region are still experiencing an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, with some reporting cases in new geographic areas, although most countries in the region have less than 1000 cases,” Ghebreyesus said.
“We also see increasing numbers of cases in parts of Eastern Europe and central Asia.
“At the same time, we are encouraged that several countries around the world are seeing positive signs.
“In these countries, the biggest threat now is complacency.
“Results from studies to see how much of the population has been exposed to the virus show that most people globally are still susceptible to infection.”
He said WHO continues to urge active surveillance to ensure the virus does not rebound: “More than six months into this pandemic, this is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal.”African News Agency