The World Health Organization sees an intense transmission of the coronavirus in relatively few countries, its chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Thursday.
"We continue to see an intense broadcast in a relatively small group of countries," he said at a virtual briefing in Geneva. "Two thirds of all cases come from 10 countries. Almost half of all cases reported so far come from only three countries."
Coronavirus cases exceeded 4 million on Thursday, with an average of over 2,600 new cases per hour, according to Reuters, the highest rate in the world.
Infections in the United States have accelerated rapidly since the first case was discovered on January 21. It took the country 98 days to reach 1 million cases. It took another 43 days to reach 2 million, and then 27 days to reach 3 million.
It only took 16 days to reach 4 million at a rate of 43 new cases per minute.
Tedros also said just because cases are at a low level that someone lives in does not mean that they should give up their vigilance.
"Do you know your situation – do you know how many cases were reported to you yesterday? Do you know how to find this information? Do you know how to minimize your exposure?"
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