Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Need to Put Up a Fight Now, Says WHO as Global Tally Crosses 11 Million Mark; Delhi Records Over 94,000 Cases

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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The World Health Organization's emergencies chief says "we need to put up a fight now" during a peak in the current wave of the coronavirus pandemic rather than focusing on when a second wave might come. Dr Michael Ryan said the world will be much better at fighting a second wave, if people can learn the lessons of fighting the first wave.

WHO officials emphasized mask-wearing, social distancing, and hygiene by individuals, along with contact-tracing and tracking of cases by health authorities as key strategies to fight the virus.

They say governments and individuals should contour their policies and behaviour based on the outbreak's status in their countries.

Ryan said the world was experiencing a "second peak in the first wave" a situation in which the virus hasn't been suppressed enough to quell transmission to end the first one.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has updated its account of the early stages of the Covid crisis to say it was alerted by its own office in China, and not by China itself, to the first pneumonia cases in Wuhan.

The UN health body has been accused by US President Donald Trump of failing to provide the information needed to stem the pandemic and of being complacent towards Beijing, charges it denies.

On April 9, WHO published an initial timeline of its communications, partly in response to criticism of its early response to the outbreak that has now claimed more than 521,000 lives worldwide.

Delhi Tally

Delhi recorded 2,520 fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking the tally in the city to over the 94,000-mark, while the death toll from the disease mounted to 2,923, authorities said here.

On June 23, the national capital had reported its highest single-day spike so far of 3,947 case. However, in the last five days, the number of fresh cases has oscillated, not showing a particular trend.

The number of fresh cases reported from June 28-July 1 are: June 28 (2,889), June 29 (2,084), June 30 (2,199) and July 1 (2,442), with a steady rise in fatalities.

With 59 more fatalities, the death toll due ro COVID-19 in Delhi stood at 2,923, the Health department said. The figure was 2,864 on Thursday. A bulletin issued by the department said the total number of cases stood at to 94,695.

Meanwhile, the department issued revised guidelines for home isolation on Friday. COVID-19 patients suffering from immuno-compromised conditions such as cancer, HIV and who have undergone any transplant procedures are not eligible for home isolation, according to the revised guidelines.

The bulletin said an order has been issued for psychiatrists working in hospitals and medical institutions under the Delhi Health department to be deployed at dedicated Covid-19 hospitals to provide tele-consultancy to patients admitted at these facilities who require psychiatric consultancy.

According to the bulletin, 65,624 patients have recovered, been discharged or migrated so far, while the number of active cases stands at 26,148. It added that 5,96,695 tests have been conducted so far. The number of containment zones in the city stood at 445 on Friday.