As Australian begins to slowly ease lockdown restrictions and start reopening the country, the World Health Organisation has reported the biggest daily spike in new COVID-19 cases. WHO said on May 20 that 106,000 new cases of infections of the coronavirus had been recorded in a period of 24 hours, the most in a single day since the outbreak begun.
Speaking in Geneva, the WHO’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the virus was spreading in poorer countries, just as wealthier nations were emerging from lockdown. “We still have a long way to go in this pandemic. We are very concerned about rising cases in low- and middle-income countries," he said.
“We are very concerned about rising cases in low and middle-income countries.” Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies program, added: “We will soon reach the tragic milestone of 5 million cases”.
Latin America has seen its infection rate growing rapidly, with Brazil becoming the country with the third most confirmed cases after it surpassed the UK on May 19.
So far, Australia has seen 7,077 confirmed cases of the virus as the death toll stands at 100. Worldwide, there have been 327,000 deaths related to COVID-19.