The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday reported its highest number of global COVID-19 cases in one day.
WHO reported 350,766 cases on Friday, 12,000 more than the previous record reached this week.
At least 109,000 of the new cases were from Europe alone where the disease has been spiraling out of control.
A WHO official at a press briefing on Friday said the previous lockdowns and shutdowns may be needed at some point if the pandemic continues to accelerates dangerously.
Michael Joseph Ryan, an Irish former trauma surgeon and epidemiologist specializing in infectious disease and public health, who is the executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, said on Friday that the lockdowns “may be unavoidable.”
Speaking at a press briefing from Geneva on Friday, he said the lockdowns may be “unavoidable where the disease has got out of control again, but we shouldn’t accept that in every country.
The WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking at the same briefing announced that China, the Republic of Korea and Nauru joined the COVAX Facility this week, bringing the total number of countries and economies that are part of the global initiative for vaccine access to 171.
He also continued to warn that COVID-19 is having devastating effects on children, especially on vaccine and immunization.
“Millions of children globally are missing out on life-saving vaccines. Rapidly restoring immunization clinics, campaigns and outreach activities is the only way to prevent predictable outbreaks and deaths from diseases like measles and polio. SAGE has issued new recommendations that all countries urgently prioritize implementation of catch-up vaccination campaigns.
“Almost 2 million babies are stillborn every year, or 1 every 16 seconds, according to the first estimates of stillbirth published yesterday by UNICEF, the World Bank, WHO and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs,” he said.
On Saturday, the WHO will host the Big Event for Mental Health, an online global advocacy event that will bring together international and national leaders, advocates, sportspeople and artists, including the K-pop group SuperM from the Republic of Korea and Korede Bello from Nigeria.