At a media briefing on Monday, WHO's emergencies chief Dr. Michael Ryan said that the numbers are increasing because the epidemic is developing in a number of populous countries at the same time.
The record levels of new daily COVID-19 cases are due to the fact that the pandemic is peaking in a number of big countries at the same time and reflect a change in the virus’ global activity, the World Health Organisation said.
At a media briefing on Monday, WHO’s emergencies chief Dr. Michael Ryan said that the numbers are increasing because the epidemic is developing in a number of populous countries at the same time.
Some countries have attributed their increased caseload to more testing, including India and the US But Ryan dismissed that explanation.
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”We do not believe this is a testing phenomenon,” he said, noting that numerous countries have also noted marked increases in hospital admissions and deaths neither of which cannot be explained by increased testing.
”There definitely is a shift in that the virus is now very well established,” Ryan said. The epidemic is now peaking or moving towards a peak in a number of large countries.? He added the situation was ‘definitely accelerating’ in a number of countries, including the US and others in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.