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Surge in Covid-19 cases due to increasing tally in populous nations: WHO

Some countries have attributed their increased caseload to more testing, including India and the US but the WHO’s emergencies chief dismissed that explanation.

world Updated: Jun 23, 2020 09:13 IST
Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
Geneva
People dine in parking spaces on the street outside CEBU restaurant on the first day of the phase two re-opening of businesses following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Brooklyn, New York.
People dine in parking spaces on the street outside CEBU restaurant on the first day of the phase two re-opening of businesses following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Brooklyn, New York.(Reuters Photo )

The record levels of new daily Covid-19 cases are due to the fact that the pandemic is peaking in a number of big countries at the same time and reflect a change in the virus’ global activity, the World Health Organization said.

At a media briefing on Monday, WHO’s emergencies chief Dr Michael Ryan said that “the numbers are increasing because the epidemic is developing in a number of populous countries at the same time.” Some countries have attributed their increased caseload to more testing, including India and the US but Ryan dismissed that explanation.

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“We do not believe this is a testing phenomenon,” he said, noting that numerous countries have also noted marked increases in hospital admissions and deaths - neither of which cannot be explained by increased testing.

“There definitely is a shift in that the virus is now very well established,” Ryan said. “The epidemic is now peaking or moving towards a peak in a number of large countries.” He added the situation was “definitely accelerating” in a number of countries, including the US and others in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

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