UPDATED 12:10 PM PT — Friday, June 19, 2020
According to the World Health Organization, the world has entered a “new and dangerous” phase when it comes to the coronavirus.
The organization’s director general made the remark on Friday during a press conference.
He said the number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases hit an unprecedented level Thursday, after more than 150,00 new cases were reported around the world.
“Almost half of those cases were reported from the Americas. …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.” – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) June 19, 2020
Officials went on to encourage everyone exiting lockdown to do so “carefully and in a stepwise manner.”