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WHO: Sacrifice is Necessary to Control Worsening COVID-19 Outbreak
The World Health Organization gave a warning on Monday about the worsening coronavirus outbreaks. WHO said that sacrifices are needed to be made for some countries. Some countries would need to shut down their nonessential businesses again and apply stricter travel protocols.
WHO officials said they are still confident that most nations would not need to enforce national lockdowns instituted earlier in the year by some world leaders to slow the virus’s spread.
But as cases of COVID-19 are now accelerating across the Northern Hemisphere, particularly in the U.S. and Europe, some countries will again need to implement stricter measures, the agency said.
According to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University results, at least seven European countries recorded record highs in the average daily new cases on Sunday outside the U.S.
When adjusting for population, the number of new infections in Europe has exceeded that in the United States, with Europe reporting 324 new cases of COVID-19 per 1 million people, compared to 209 new patients of Covid-19 per 1 million people in the United States, on a seven-day average.
In the U.S., cases are accelerating as well. The U.S. has registered an average of around 68,767 new cases per day as of Sunday, the highest seven-day average yet, according to Hopkins data.
Based on the data collected through COVID Tracking Project, the U.S. is now testing more individuals than ever. However, the rise in cases cannot be accounted for by further research, health officials claim, because the number of tests coming back positive has also risen.
According to Hopkins, about 6.2 percent of tests were positive on Sunday, up from 5.2 percent a week ago on a seven-day average. As new cases skyrocket every day, hospitalizations are also growing. Deaths are again starting to hike up, lagging furthest behind those other indicators.
Health officials believe they are likely to save more COVID-19 patients than ever with improvements in clinical services for COVID-19 patients and new therapies such as antiviral remdesivir and steroids like dexamethasone. But with deaths still rising, the death rate has even fallen dramatically in approximately 11 months since the virus appeared.