As many countries all over the world surpass their first 100 days of lockdowns amid the pandemic, they’re also slowly reopening their economies as they struggle to boost the job market and bring back confidence among consumers.
But the World Health Organization on June 25 issued a stern warning: the fight against COVID-19 is far from over.
According to the WHO, the crisis in Europe may have eased up. But globally, things are getting worse.
Just in the last couple of months, 4 million new coronavirus cases were reported — with the total count now nearing 10 million cases with 500,000 deaths.
“The virus (is) still circulating. It is still deadly and most people are still susceptible. This is the time to be on our guard, not to let it down,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The WHO added that the Americas, a combination of Latin and North Americas, account for almost half of all COVID-19 cases globally — with more than 4.5 million cases, and about 226,000 deaths.
The U.S. is seeing its second-largest increase in cases since the start of the pandemic — with more than 35,500 new cases in a matter of 24 hours.
Florida is among states seeing massive spikes, with 5,500 new cases in one day, and the governor blamed the young ones.
Other hotbeds for the virus are Arizona, Mississippi, Nevada and California – which broke a record Tuesday with more than 7,000 cases in a day.
Governor Gavin Newsom has since imposed a strict mask mandate with fines.
“We cannot continue to do what we have done over the last number of weeks. Many of us, understandably, have developed a little cabin fever. Some, I would argue, have developed a little amnesia. Others have just, frankly, taken down their guard.”
In the East Coast — New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have announced that travelers from states with high cases of COVID-19 will be asked to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
White House advisers said that while they are cognizant of the spikes there are no talks of another round of lockdowns.
After he said he was not kidding about slowing down coronavirus testings in the country, President Donald Trump announced that federal funding will be stopped in 13 testing centers.
This as the U.S. continues to top COVID-19 numbers worldwide — with a total of 2.4 million cases and more than 122,000 deaths.