More than 136,000 new cases were reported worldwide on Sunday, the most in a single day so far, he said.
“More than six months into the pandemic, this is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told an online briefing on Monday.
New coronavirus cases had the biggest daily increase ever recorded globally on Sunday, as the WHO warned countries across the planet to press on with efforts to tackle Covid-19
Sunday was officially the worst day humanity has ever experienced in terms of Covid-19 infections, the World Health Organisation revealed as it warned countries against easing lockdowns too quickly.
In response to a question on China, WHO’s top emergencies expert, Dr. Mike Ryan, said retrospective studies of how the outbreak has been addressed could wait, adding: “We need to focus now on what we are doing today to prevent second peaks.”
Nearly 75% of them were reported from 10 countries, mostly in the Americas and South Asia.
Brazil is now one of the hotspots of the pandemic, with the second highest number of confirmed cases, behind only the United States, and a death toll that last week surpassed Italy’s.
“I think this is a time of great concern,” he said, calling for strong government leadership and international support for the region.
Ryan also said infections in central American countries including Guatemala were still on the rise, and that they were “complex” epidemics.
More than 7 million people have been reported infected with the coronavirus globally and over 400,000 have died.
Ryan said Brazil’s data had been “extremely detailed” so far but stressed it was important for Brazilians to understand where the virus is and how to manage risk, and that the WHO hoped communication would be “consistent and transparent”.
Here in the UK, today’s hospital death toll increased to 31,988 after 145 more fatalities were reported – the lowest rise on a Tuesday for two weeks.
“This is far from over,” Maria van Kerkhove, a WHO epidemiologist, also warned.
England reported 129, Wales had nine, Scotland recorded seven and Northern Ireland had no new deaths for the third consecutive day.
Tuesday’s daily increase is up from 62 on Monday and 77 on Sunday, when figures are generally lower due to a lag in reporting weekend deaths.