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Living with COVID-19 to be new normal: WHO

Global cases top 10m

Living with COVID-19 to be new normal: WHO

GENEVA, June 30: The chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday that all countries living with COVID-19 will be the new normal in the coming months, as the pandemic had already infected more than 10 million people worldwide, including nearly 500,000 deaths. "The critical question that all countries will face in the coming months is how to live with this virus. That is the new normal," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a daily press briefing, reports Xinhua. He added that although many countries have made some progress against the COVID-19, the pandemic is speeding up globally. According to the latest WHO numbers, as of 3:15 p.m. CEST (1315 GMT) on Monday, the total infected population worldwide had reached 10,021,401, including 499,913 deaths. "Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world -- and our lives -- would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus," the WHO chief said. "The pandemic has brought out the best and the worst of humanity," he continued. "All over the world, we have seen heartwarming acts of resilience, inventiveness, solidarity, and kindness. But we have also seen concerning signs of stigma, misinformation and the politicization of the pandemic." He urged all countries to prioritize five sets of measures to save lives, including empowering communities and individuals to protect themselves and others, suppressing virus transmission, saving lives with oxygen and dexamethasone for instance, accelerating research on COVID-19, and strengthening political leadership and solidarity. Tedros also announced an updated and detailed timeline of the WHO's response to the pandemic for the public to understand how the UN health body has been responding to the outbreak. Meanwhile, India's federal health ministry Tuesday morning said 418 new deaths due to COVID-19, besides fresh 18,522 positive cases, were reported during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 16,893 and total cases to 566,840. "As on 8:00 a.m. (local time) Tuesday, 16,893 deaths related to novel Coronavirus have been recorded in the country," said information released by the ministry. On Monday morning the number of COVID-19 cases in the country was 548,318, and the death toll 16,475. According to ministry officials, so far 334,822 people have been discharged from hospitals after showing improvement. "The number of active cases in the country right now is 215,125," said the information.

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