Over 100,000 new coronavirus cases recorded within 24 hours — WHO

the world has recorded more than five million global cases
Map showing countries with Coronavirus cases. [Photo: The Conversation)

Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said over the past 24 hours the world recorded more than 100,000 new cases of coronavirus.

The director-general of the WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, announced this during a press 0conference at the agency's headquarters in Geneva.

We still have a long way to go in this pandemic,” he said.

The majority of the newly confirmed cases come from the Americas, followed by Europe, according to the WHO official. He said on Tuesday, respectively, the US and Russia reported 45,251 new cases and 9,263 new cases.

Meanwhile, the world has recorded more than five million global cases, according to the world's coronavirus world meter, and seen more than 325,000 deaths since the virus emerged in Wuhan, China less than five months ago.

The WHO has previously warned world leaders that after the COVID-19 outbreak, which has affected economies in nearly every country around the globe, there can be "no going back to business as usual."

The agency has told countries that in the foreseeable future they will have to live with the coronavirus, even as in some countries the cases level off or decrease while peaking in others and resurging in areas where the pandemic seemed to be under control.

WHO officials said the virus remains "extremely dangerous" while social distancing measures implemented in numerous countries to slow the spread of coronavirus have been successful.

The new record comes in cases as President Donald Trump, according to CNBC news, is threatening to permanently pull funding from the agency.

WHO officials said they are worried that their emergency programs will suffer if Trump pursues its threats.

Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO's health emergencies program, said that most US funding goes directly
to the program that helps countries around the world in "all sorts of fragile and difficult settings,".

We’ll obviously have to work with other partners to ensure those funds can still flow,” Mr Ryan said.

This is going to be a major implication for delivering essential health services to some of the most vulnerable people in the world and we trust developed donors will, if necessary, step in to fill that gap.

Mr Ghebreyesus also said the WHO is “very concerned” about the rise in cases in low-and middle-income countries.

He said South Korea has been ‘impressive’ building on its experience of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-related (MERS) coronavirus “to quickly implement a comprehensive strategy to find, isolate, test and care for every case, and trace every contact.”

This was critical to the Republic of Korea curtailing the first wave and now quickly identifying and containing new outbreaks,” he said.

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