Coronavirus map LIVE: WHO warns of ‘new and dangerous’ phase – 150,000 cases in 24 hours
THE CORONAVIRUS pandemic is now in a “new and dangerous phase”, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.
WHO says ‘we are entering a new and dangerous phase’
The WHO has warned “the pandemic is accelerating”, as they announced countries across the globe reported more than 150,000 virus cases on Friday, the largest daily increase in cases so far. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautioned against easing lockdown restrictions, despite the need to kick-start economies.
Mr Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference: “The world is in a new and dangerous phase.
“Many people are understandably fed up with being at home.
“Countries are understandably eager to open up their societies and economies.
“But the virus is still spreading fast. It is still deadly.
“And most people are still susceptible.”
Coronavirus news: WHO warns of ‘new and dangerous phase’
So far over 9million coronavirus cases have been identified worldwide.
The rate of infection is surging in the Americas and parts of Asia, with the WHO warning the rising case counts in South Asia and the Middle East were a cause for concern.
The warning by the leading health agency comes as Boris Johnson prepares to announce the next stage in easing lockdown restrictions today.
At the daily coronavirus press briefing, the Prime Minister is expected to announce the reopening of pubs, restaurants, hotels, hairdressers and cinemas from July 4.
Mr Johnson is also expected to reduce the two-metre social distancing rule by half.
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8.56am update: Britons must get used to the ‘new normal’
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has said the Government will release new guidelines after the Prime Minister announces the next steps to ease the lockdown tonight.
He also said Britons will have to get used to the new normal.
Mr Lewis said: “One of the things we will be issuing, once we make these decisions today, and the Prime Minister makes his announcement, will be guidelines for all of us as individuals, and as employers, to look at how we act and practise in a safe and healthy environment as we go forward.”
He added: “I think the reality is we are all going to have to get used to this new kind of normal as we go forward, where we have to take some self-responsibility.”
8.18am update: Ocado sees sales rise and share of the market soar
Online supermarket Ocado has reached its biggest ever market share as the company benefited from a change in customer behaviour during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ocado has seen sales rise by 42.2 percent over the past 12 weeks, according to closely followed data from Kantar Worldpanel.
It gives the online grocer a 1.7 percent share of the overall market.
8am update: UK warned to be ‘super careful’ amid lockdown easing
The UK has to be careful with easing its lockdown measures in the coming weeks, a World Health Organisation (WHO) expert has said.
Dr Margaret Harries told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The lesson is for people to understand this is the year of living differently.
“Not, ‘OK, it’s over’. You haven’t just been let out of school.
“You have done well. You have really brought down your numbers.
“The UK has brought a very difficult outbreak right down.
“Very good news in the last couple of days about the limitation in cases, and far, far fewer people dying.
“So, now is the moment to celebrate that by being super careful.”
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