That was the grim message from Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, on Monday during a briefing about the state of the coronavirus pandemic. Tuesday marks the six-month anniversary of the outbreak’s first reported cases in China.
“Although many countries have made some progress globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up,” Tedros said at the briefing in Geneva, Switzerland. “The worst is yet to come. I’m sorry to say that.”
His remarks came a day after COVID-19 reached two dire milestones: 10 million confirmed infections worldwide, and 500,000 deaths.
“Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world — and our lives — would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus,” he said. “The pandemic has brought out the best and the worst of humanity.”