COVID-19: WHO records the highest daily caseload


9th June: The deadly pandemic coronavirus is still raging around the world, even though heavy protestors gather around in the US or New Zealand announces to lift its lockdown.

“More than six months into the pandemic, this is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal,” World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

On Monday, the WHO recorded the largest daily increase in new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, 136,000 in total; 75 percent of new cases came from just ten countries, mostly in America and South Asia.

Out of those ten struggling nations is Brazil—a country that is still without a health minister (following a sacking and a resignation) and where coronavirus data has become a political tool.

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In Brazil, the federal website only shows daily figures, however, the local health authorities are the major source of providing data on Brazil’s coronavirus outbreak.

According to reports, the number shown by the federal website was also in question as the health ministry released two contradictory data, which later it said was a mistake.

The perceived lack of transparency has led to criticism from Brazilian lawmakers. “By changing the numbers, the Ministry of Health covers the sun with a sieve,” Rodrigo Maia, the speaker of the lower house, said on Twitter.

“The credibility of the statistics needs to be urgently recovered. A ministry that manipulates numbers creates a parallel world in order not to face the reality of the facts.”

WHO sounds alarm over Coronavirus in Pakistan

As Western countries largely emerge from lockdowns, ongoing social distancing in the world’s poorest countries could have damaging effects.

Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak’s writing in Foreign Policy warns of the unintended consequences of lockdowns on countries with large rural populations dependent on crop cycles and migrant labor.

In such areas, hunger and malnutrition could increase even more than is typical during the lean season and might linger long after the coronavirus is conquered.

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