The coronavirus pandemic is “accelerating” around the globe — but it’s not too late to stop its trajectory, the head of the World Health Organization insisted on Monday.
“To win, we need to attack the virus with aggressive and targeted tactics,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, as the number of worldwide cases reached at least 335,000 with 14,600 deaths.
“We are not prisoners to statistics. We are not hopeless bystanders. We can change the trajectory of this pandemic.”
In the US, Senate Democrats again blocked a nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package — as the nation became the third with the highest number of cases behind China and Italy.
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Here’s what else we learned today:
‘It’s going to get bad’:
- US Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued a warning: “I want America to understand — this week, it’s gonna get bad.”
- He urged folks to take COVID-19 seriously and self-isolate — and suggested the outbreak in New York highlights the danger of reacting too late.
New York crisis:
Stocks on the rocks:
- Stocks were off to a rocky start this week, despite the Federal Reserve throwing more lifelines at the US economy.
- The Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be postponed and probably won’t happen until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.