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World Health Organization concerned at rising corona cases in poor countries

Coronavirus: WHO member states back probe into response to Covid-19

TheWorld Health Organisation has advised countries that COVID-19 vaccines should be classified as a global public good.

"We still have a long way to go in this pandemic", World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference.

And while many hard-hit European countries have significantly curbed the rise of cases, Latin America has been in the grip of an infection surge.

The WHO said 106,000 new cases had been reported to them in the last 24 hours.

And Brazil's health ministry recommended Wednesday using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat even mild cases of COVID-19 - treatments President Jair Bolsonaro has pushed for despite the lack of conclusive evidence of their effectiveness. "It's hard to know what's really happening based on the available data". According to CNN, Brazil recorded its highest number of coronavirus cases on Wednesday with 19,951 new cases in the past 24 hours. There are similar worries that the official number of cases in Russian Federation might not reflect the true scale of their outbreak too.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has expressed particular concern about rising infections in low and middle-income nations.

Russian Federation and Brazil have recently surpassed European countries such as the UK, Spain, Italy, etc.

It's not all doom and gloom, however. It took just under three months to reach a million cases after the first death from the virus was reported by state media in Wuhan on January 11.

Tedros said he had always been looking for other sources of funding for the WHO, saying its 2.3 billion dollar budget was "very, very small" for a global agency, around that of a medium sized hospital in the developed world.

In the centre of Madrid on Thursday nearly everyone on the street was seen in masks, with several more shops also opening their doors. In one significant milestone for the United Kingdom, hospitals in London - once a hotspot for the outbreak - have reported no deaths in the past 48 hours and there were no new reported cases on Monday.

Tedros said he was committed to accountability and would carry out a review into the response to the pandemic.