(PoliticalLookout.com)- The World Health Organization, newly independent of the United States after President Donald Trump confirmed that he would severe U.S. relations with the UN group, has warned that the coronavirus pandemic is actually getting worse. In a new warning issued on Sunday, the World Health Organization reminded global leaders that the pandemic is not receding, but is in fact “worsening.”
The warning came as the Russian government announced that the country could relax the strict lockdown measures that were put in place. Despite little coverage of the spread of the virus In Russia, the country has the third-highest rate of infection in the world, behind Brazil and the United States. There are more than 485,000 cases in the country, but Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that the country will be relaxing measures and allowing its economy to return somewhat to normal.
Director-general of the W.H.O., Tedros Adhanom Ghebereyesus, retweeted a media briefing from his organization about the virus, stating that this is “not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal.”
With almost 7M #COVID19 cases & 400K deaths globally, this is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal. We urge active:
-surveillance to ensure the virus does not rebound
-finding, isolating, testing & caring for every case
-tracing & quarantining every contact https://t.co/B7po1dAN3F
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) June 8, 2020
“We urge active: – surveillance to ensure the virus does not rebound,” he added, before adding that countries should also find, isolate, and test every case, while tracing and quarantining every contact.
Tedros also told reporters during the briefing that the most new cases had been reported in the last day, with some 136,000 additional cases globally. Most of the cases, he said, came from South Asia and the Americas.
“Although the situation in Europe is improving, globally it is worsening,” he added.
The news also comes as the United Kingdom prepares to significantly lift some of its lockdown measures. Non-essential retail stores will open in the United Kingdom on June 15th, so long as those retail stores encourage two-meter social distancing and perform regular disinfection of shop floors. The hospitality industry could also potentially reopen in the United Kingdom by July 4th, though the British government has warned that may be subject to change.
Tedros told journalists that in the countries where the situation is getting better, like the United Kingdom, “the biggest threat is now complacency.”
More than 404,000 people have died from the coronavirus globally, and more than seven million people have been infected. We may never know the real numbers, however, owing to the utter failure of the Chinese government to accurately record COVID-related deaths.