The number of Covid-19 patients in the world exceeded 18 million on Monday, and the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the consequences of the pandemic will be felt for decades to come.
More than 690,000 people have died due to the Covid-19 virus since it first appeared in China late last year, reports HINA.
New sources of infection are being recorded in countries that managed to bring the infection under control at an earlier stage, and many governments are now being forced to reintroduce quarantine measures, despite fears of further economic collapse.
A state of emergency was declared in the Australian state of Victoria on Sunday, and the authorities introduced the night curfew as the strictest measure so far in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. A curfew has been introduced in Melbourne for the next six weeks, a ban on gatherings at weddings is in force, and schools and universities are returning to 'online' teaching.
In other parts of the world, the situation is much more difficult, and in South Africa the number of infected has exceeded half a million.
Possible fatigue in fight against Covid-19
In Latin America, unwanted records are being broken, bringing the world's hardest-hit region closer to 5 million infected people, reaching 200,000 deaths on Saturday.
Latin America, which has about 8 percent of the world’s population, has close to 30 percent of those infected and dead worldwide. The most affected countries in Latin America are Brazil and Mexico, which make up nearly three-quarters of all deaths in the region. Brazil, the hardest hit country in the region and the second worst hit in the world, has more than 2.73 million infected and more than 94,000 dead.
Six months after the WHO declared a global health crisis due to the new coronavirus, the UN agency is now warning of possible "fatigue" in the fight against the pandemic. The WHO said Covid-19 continues to pose a major global threat, adding that the effects of the pandemic would be felt for "decades to come".