The World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries on Monday to continue efforts to curb the novel corona virus. She noted that the pandemic was worsening worldwide and had not peaked in Central America.
Worldwide, more than 1.36,000 cases were reported on Sunday, "most in a single day," said WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
"More than six months after the pandemic started, this is not the time for a country to take its foot off the pedal," he said in an online briefing.
When asked about China, WHO's leading emergency expert, Dr. Mike Ryan said retrospective anti-outbreak studies could wait, adding, "We now need to focus on what we're doing today to prevent second spikes."
Ryan also said that infections in Central American countries, including Guatemala, are still on the rise and that they are "complex" epidemics.
"I think this is a time of great concern," he said, calling for strong governance and international support for the region.
Brazil is now one of the pandemic hotspots, with the second highest number of confirmed cases after only the United States and the number of deaths that surpassed Italy last week.
After removing the cumulative coronavirus deaths in Brazil from a national website, the Department of Health caused further confusion and controversy by publishing two contradicting numbers for the recent list of infections and deaths.
Ryan said Brazilian data had been "extremely detailed" so far, but stressed that it was important for Brazilians to understand where the virus was and how to deal with it, and the WHO hoped that the communication "be consistent and transparent".
Maria van Kerkhove, a WHO epidemiologist, said that a "comprehensive approach" is essential in South America.
Worldwide, more than 7 million people have been reported infected with the corona virus, and over 4,000,000 have died.
"It is far from over," said van Kerkhove.
At least half of the newly discovered coronavirus cases in Singapore are symptom-free, the government's co-leader of the government's virus task force told Reuters on Monday, confirming the city-state's decision to gradually ease restrictions.
Van Kerkhove said that many contact tracking countries identified asymptomatic cases but did not see the virus spread further, adding, "It is very rare."
Ryan, asked about technical cooperation with the United States after President Donald Trump announced 10 days ago that he would end his relationship with WHO, said WHO relies heavily on experts from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute of Health.
"We will continue to do this until we are instructed or informed otherwise," he added.
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