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712,236 Deaths and 19,027,862 Corona Virus Infections, Mostly in the US, Brazil, Mexico, UK, India, Italy, France, Spain, Peru, Iran, and Russia
August 6, 2020
As of August 06, 2020, 14:21 GMT,
World: 19,027,862 infection cases, and 712,236 deaths.
A list of countries with the highest Coronavirus (Covid-19) deaths:
1 USA 4,976,056 infection cases, and 161,679 deaths.
5 India 1,977,972 infection cases, and 40,888 deaths.
6 Italy 248,803 infection cases, and 35,181 deaths.
7 France 194,029 infection cases, and 30,305 deaths.
8 Spain 352,847 infection cases, and 28,499 deaths.
9 Peru 447,624 infection cases, and 20,228 deaths.
10 Iran 320,117 infection cases, and 17,976 deaths.
11 Russia 871,894 infection cases, and 14,606 deaths.
12 Colombia 345,714 infection cases, and 11,624 deaths.
WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 6 August 2020
Aspen Security Forum/WHO Press Briefing
6 August 2020
Dear colleagues and friends,
It is an honour to partner with the Aspen Security Forum for our regular press conference.
I want to extend my sincerest thanks to Aspen and NBC for inviting Dr. Mike Ryan, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove and I to speak with you today.
The events of the last seven months are a tragic reminder of the insecurity and instability that disease can cause.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world.
It has stress tested our political, economic, cultural and social infrastructure.
And found us wanting.
It has pushed the limits of health systems both weak and strong, leaving no country untouched.
It has humbled all of us.
The world spends billions every year preparing for potential terrorist attacks but we've learned lessons the hard way that unless we invest in pandemic preparedness and the climate crisis, we leave ourselves open to enormous harm.
Since WHO was created over seven decades ago, we have worked to galvanise collective international public health action to build a healthier and safer future for humanity.
From ending smallpox, to bringing polio to the brink of eradication; from rolling out treatment for HIV, TB and malaria to millions of people across the world, to responding to hundreds of emergencies.
Building up all health systems and ensuring health for all is our best shot at delivering on the goal of global health security.
Fifteen years ago, the global community came together and adopted the International Health Regulations (2005).
Its implementation by 196 state parties was a major step in the coordination of international action to enhance global health security.
Following WHO being notified of an atypical strain of pneumonia circulating in Wuhan Province, China; the International Health Regulations was triggered and the world was subsequently informed of the outbreak in early January.
The genome was mapped within the first week of January.
In the second week of January, it was publicly shared and WHO published how to build a PCR test for COVID-19 from our partner lab in Germany.
In the third week, WHO identified and began contracting for validated production of quality PCR tests.
And by the first week of February, WHO began shipping tests to over 150 labs around the world, which enabled the world to track and trace the virus around the world quickly.
And it was under the IHR – International Health Regulations – that WHO declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January – WHO’s highest health security alert under international law.
At that time, there were fewer than 100 cases and no deaths outside of China.
Today, more than 18.5 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported to WHO and seven hundred thousand lives have been lost.
No country has been spared. Low, middle and high-income countries have all been hit hard. The Americas remain the current epicentre of the virus and have been particularly hit hard.
Just three countries have reported over half of all cases.
No single country can fight this virus alone.
Its existence anywhere puts lives and livelihoods at risk everywhere.
It’s never too late to turn outbreaks around and many countries have done just that. It’s never too late to turn the situation around.
Our best way forward is to stick with science, solutions and solidarity and together we can overcome this pandemic.
COVID-19 has also exposed how misinformation poses one of the greatest security threats of our time.
Misinformation can spread faster than the virus itself.
Since the beginning of this pandemic, WHO has been working to address misinformation.
We’ve worked with all major tech companies to counter myths and rumour with reliable, evidence-based advice.
Last month, WHO brought experts together from across the world to hold the first conference on how best to tackle the COVID-19 infodemic.
Through our daily situation reports and regular media engagements WHO offices have kept the world informed. Myself, Maria and Mike have ourselves done more than 90 press briefings.
We have on a weekly basis, briefed our Member States to present the latest scientific knowledge, answer their questions, and to share and learn from their experiences with COVID-19.
WHO will continue to support everyone, everywhere and work with leaders, communities and individuals to foster global solidarity, suppress the virus and save lives and livelihoods.
Even as we fight this pandemic, we just ended the second largest and probably the most difficult and complicated Ebola outbreak in history in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
We are applied lessons from previous outbreaks and innovations developed and researched ethically in conflict situations to bring the deadly disease under control.
And just this week our team in Lebanon is responding to the large explosion that has killed more than 130 people and injured at least 5,000.
Whether it’s COVID-19, disease outbreaks or responding to humanitarian and natural disasters, all are intrinsically linked to global health security.
While health has often been viewed as a cost, the first coronavirus pandemic in history has shown how critical health investment is to national security.
And universal health coverage is essential to our collective global health security.
Building back stronger health systems will require political will, resources and technical expertise in high- and low-income countries alike.
That is why WHO’s highest priority is to support all countries to strengthen their health systems so that everyone, everywhere can access quality health services when they need them.
COVID-19 has already taken away so much.
We must seize this moment to come together in national unity and global solidarity to control COVID-19, address antimicrobial resistance and the climate crisis.
For all our differences, we are one human race sharing the same planet and our security is interdependent - no country will be safe, until we’re all safe.
I urge all leaders to choose the path of cooperation and act now to end this pandemic!
It’s not just the smart choice, it's the right choice and it’s the only choice we have
I thank you so much once again.
Families of coronavirus victims lament 'lack of control' in Mexico
By Josue Gonzalez 21 mins ago 15 Jobs That Are Most Vulnerable to a Recession The CDC Just Announced You Shouldn't Wear These Masks Families of coronavirus victims lament 'lack of control' in Mexico
By Josue Gonzalez
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -
Mourners at a Mexico City cemetery on Thursday lamented a lack of stricter measures to control the novel coronavirus which allowed it to spread fast and claim more than 50,000 lives in their country.
Latin American countries have found it hard to enforce strict lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19, in part because a large proportion of its population is poor and works in the informal economy.
"Unfortunately, we are a people who doesn't obey orders, we do what we please: they tell us to stay locked up and we go out," said Oscar Torres, a 49-year-old graphic designer, who attended his mother's burial.
"There's no strong civic education in Mexico that makes us follow guidelines regarding a disease."
Torres said 10 members of his family have had COVID-19.
On Thursday, Mexico's health ministry reported 6,590 new confirmed infections and 819 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 462,690 confirmed cases and 50,517 fatalities.
The virus is spreading quickly; just over two weeks ago, it reported 40,000 deaths.
Mexico's health ministry has conceded the real numbers of coronavirus cases and associated deaths are likely significantly higher than reported.
Mitzi Martinez, a 29-year-old medical student, who attended her grandmother's burial, said the death was still unexpected.
"There's a lack of control in the system when it comes to everything that should have been done prior to this," she added. "Despite the fact that there are people who understand the risks and take care, there are also people who are irresponsible."
Mexico has the third-highest death toll worldwide after Brazil and the United States.
Martinez said her country's health system was in a precarious situation long before the pandemic struck.
"There hasn't been enough (medical professionals) to attend minor things so of course we aren't prepared for something as big as this."
* For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread, open https://tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser.
(Reporting by Josue Gonzalez and Stefanie Eschenbacher; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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