WHO reports record amount of COVID-19 cases in a single day
As COVID-19 case counts reach 8.8 million worldwide, including 465,000 deaths, more than 183,000 new cases were reported to WHO on Sunday — the most in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic.
“It seems that almost every day we reach a new and grim record,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, MSc, said in a press briefing.
According to WHO, demand for dexamethasone, which was previously shown to reduce mortality by one-third in ventilated patients with COVID-19, has surged worldwide. Tedros noted that the drug should be used only in patients with severe disease.
“We continue to urge all countries to double down on the fundamental public health measures that we know work,” Tedros said. “Finding and testing suspected cases works. Isolating and caring for the sick works. Tracing and quarantining contacts work. And protecting health workers works.”
A recent WHO survey of 82 countries found that more than half of them limited or suspended at least one health service delivery platform because of the pandemic, including inpatient and outpatient services. Additionally, nearly three-quarters of the countries surveyed said that dental and rehabilitation services were disrupted.
“The world is learning the hard way that health is not a luxury item — it is the cornerstone of security, stability and prosperity,” Tedros said. “That is why it is essential that countries not only respond urgently to the pandemic, but also that they invest in strong health systems domestically and in global health security.”