By June 22, the world had more than 9 million COVID-19 cases in the context of the World Health Organization (WHO) warning the pandemic is still increasing rapidly in many places.
“The pandemic is still growing,” AFP news agency quoted WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking at an online health forum hosted by Dubai on June 22.
Mr Tedros also said the world’s biggest risk is not facing COVID-19 itself, the disease has claimed more than 465,000 lives and sickened more than 9 million, but rather “a lack of unity and global leadership “in disease response.
“We cannot defeat this epidemic with a divided world,” Tedros said.
Also on June 22, the WHO called for an increase in the production of dexamethasone, a low-cost steroid that has been shown in randomized controlled clinical trial research by British scientists, to show a significant reduction in mortality in critically ill COVID-19 patients.
While Europe continues to gradually lift blockade measures, the number of COVID-19 cases is still increasing worldwide, especially in Latin America when Brazil surpasses 50,000 dead.
In addition to the recurrence of outbreaks in the Chinese capital Beijing, other cities such as Melbourne of Australia and Lisbon of Portugal are also concerned about the risk of new outbreaks.
Meanwhile in many places the government is also trying to bring life back to normal after the epidemic.
In France, according to AFP News Agency, the government has taken the biggest step in the process of normalizing life after the pandemic by allowing millions of children back to school.
New York starts a normal life again
New York City, once the center of the US COVID-19 epidemic, reopened its activities on June 22 amid many other US states still witnessing an increase in alarming cases.
According to the AFP news agency, for many people in New York, where more than 20,000 people have died of corona, returning to normal life means being able to live the same routine, as simply as going to a barber shop. Hair after months must “self-treat” at home.
New York City is currently in the second of four re-opening stages after the outbreak was launched two weeks ago. Across New York state, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo, June 21 only recorded 10 deaths while the percentage of corona-positive test results was reduced to 1%.
However, throughout the United States, the number of cases has increased over the past two weeks after a long period of stability in the spring. Many states have increased cases such as California, Texas, Arizona and Missouri.
California has seen a number of new cases rise to unprecedented levels since March, the state of Florida surpassed 100,000 in June 22.
According to the AFP news agency, US President Donald Trump acknowledged that the number of deaths due to the US COVID-19 has now surpassed the 120,000 mark, possibly up to 150,000 people and more.