South America is a new COVID'epicentre', African deaths still low

Elias Hubbard
May 23, 2020

Brazil reported more than 20,000 deaths and 300,000 confirmed cases, making it the third worst-hit country in the world by official counts. Nearly five million cases and 325,000 deaths have been registered since the pandemic originated in China five months ago. Health is not a cost.

The World Health Assembly will reconvene later in the year. "It's the smart choice".

And even as China claims to have the virus under control, Premier Li Keqiang told hundreds of mask-wearing representatives at the National People's Congress that the pandemic brought "great uncertainty" to the country's huge economy.

As the WHO's Tedros warned: "Fake news spreads faster and more easily than this virus, and is just as unsafe".

US President Donald Trump makes a statement to reporters about reopening places of worship across the United States by declaring them "essential" during the Covid-19 pandemic, at the White House in Washington May 22, 2020.

Tedros met reporters on Wednesday at the body's headquarters in Geneva, where he merely said the World Health Organization had received the letter "and we're looking into it".

"We've seen many South American countries with increasing numbers of cases and clearly there's a concern across many of those countries, but certainly the most affected is Brazil at this point,"Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO's emergencies program, said at a news briefing from the agency's Geneva headquarters on Friday".

Meanwhile, Teros said he has received a letter from Trump, but didn't want to comment further. He added that the World Health Organization "is committed to transparency, accountability and continuous improvement".

China says it has been frank about the development of the epidemic in China, publishing the genetic code of the virus in January and being quick to share information with the WHO.

Tedros has always promised a post-pandemic review and "accountability".

"The draft resolution proposes to initiate at the appropriate moment an evaluation rather than to launch an 'independent global review, '" Zhao said.

"The actual operative paragraph, just before the one relates to evaluation was actually focused on scaling up development manufacturing, distribution capacities needed for transplant equitable and timely access to safe, quality, affordable, and efficacious diagnostics therapeutics and medicines, and many others are quite similar", said Ryan.

A total of 1,588,322 cases have been reported in the country, according to the CSSE, Xinhua news agency reported.

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