The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a warning on Monday that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is only “going to get worse and worse and worse” in North and South America, where cases continue to surge.
With more than 13 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, 6.5 million of those cases are in North and South America.
The United States, in particular, has reached over 3.3 million cases and has experienced a notable surge in recent weeks.
So far, there have been more than 138,000 deaths in the US and around 72,000 deaths in Brazil, the new emerging epicenter of the pandemic. Even Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the virus.
During a virtual briefing in Geneva on Monday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed that the world will not see a return to “normal” until every country takes the basic precautions outlined by the WHO and CDC to help slow down and eventually stop the spread of the virus.
“Let me be blunt: Too many countries are headed in the wrong direction,” Tedros said during the briefing.
“The virus remains public enemy number one, but the actions of many governments and people do not reflect this. It’s never too late to take decisive action.”