More than seven million cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed since the pandemic began, along with 404,000 COVID-19-related deaths.
And – despite progress witth tackling the virus in Europe – the World Health Organization says the pandemic is “worsening” globally.
“More than six months in to this pandemic, this is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal,” the WHO director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said.
At a coronavirus briefing on Monday, he told reporters that more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in nine of the past ten days, and that 75% of Sunday’s cases came from just ten countries – most of them in the Americas and South Asia.
Ghebreyesus also said WHO was encouraged by “positive signs” in several countries.
“In these countries, the biggest threat now is complacency,” he said.
“Results from studies to see how much of the population has been exposed to the virus show that most people globally are still susceptible to infection.”