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Covid infection rate is approaching the highest level so far, WHO chief warns

Added 04-16-21 06:02:03am EST - “Tedros said the United Nations health agency would continue to assess the evolution of the coronavirus crisis and would "adjust advice accordingly."” - Cnbc.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Cnbc.com: “Covid infection rate is approaching the highest level so far, WHO chief warns”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

LONDON — The head of the World Health Organization on Friday said an alarming trend of rising Covid cases has resulted in global infections now approaching their highest level since the start of the pandemic.

"Around the world, cases and deaths are continuing to increase at worrying rates," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a briefing focused on Papua New Guinea and the western Pacific region.

"Globally, the number of new cases per week has nearly doubled over the past two months. This is approaching the highest rate of infection that we have seen so far during the pandemic," he continued.

"Some countries that had previously avoided widespread transmission are now seeing steep increases in infections," Tedros said, citing Papua New Guinea as one example.

Tedros said the United Nations health agency would continue to assess the evolution of the coronavirus crisis and "adjust advice accordingly."

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