Record one-day increase in global cases

Cheryl Sanders
September 15, 2020

"In October, November, we are going to see more mortality", WHO Europe director Hans Kluge said, as the continent now experiences a surge of cases though the number of deaths has remained relatively stable.

So far, 92 lower-income nations are seeking assistance via the COVAX facility, part of the WHO's ACT Accelerator to boost development of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics to combat the pandemic.

"I think one would have to say that we are on the edge of losing control", Dr Mark Walport, the British government's former chief scientific adviser, told BBC radio.

"And then if we have to order different vaccines, what a logistical nightmare!"

This comes as the Alpine nation of almost nine million people reported 869 new cases - more than half of those in the capital Vienna - from last Friday to Saturday.

"The end of the pandemic is the moment that we as a community are going to learn how to live with this pandemic".

"We need to fundamentally rethink the relationship we have with older generations and the way in which we provide care for that generation", said Ryan.

Kluge warned of approaches becoming overly politicised and said it was important that the response be based "on epidemiological and public health data".

The World Health Organization reported a record one-day increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 307,930 in 24 hours.

The US accounted for the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 6,519,121 and 194,041 respectively.

The country also reported 14,768 new cases, taking the total caseload to 4,330,455.

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