WHO says the Americas are new epicenter of coronavirus pandemic


  • World
  • Tuesday, 26 May 2020

FILE PHOTO: A man has his temperature checked before boarding a flight to United States at Guarulhos International Airport amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Guarulhos, near Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) considers the Americas the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, and now is not the time for countries to ease restrictions, officials said in a Tuesday briefing.

Carissa Etienne, WHO director for the Americas and head of the Pan American Health Organization, said via videoconference that outbreaks were accelerating in countries such as Brazil, where the number of deaths reported in the last week was the highest in the world for a 7-day period since the coronavirus pandemic began.

(Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Additional reporting by Diego Ore in Mexico City; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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