GENEVA (AA) – Over the last week, COVID-19 cases have risen in four of the six World Health Organization regions, the WHO chief said Tuesday, airing concern about the increasing difficulty in learning how the virus is mutating, along with the need for more information from North Korea.
WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said that due to drops in testing and sequencing in many countries, “it is increasingly difficult to know where the virus is and how it’s mutating.”
He said that North Korea had announced, through the state media, its first outbreak of COVID-19, with more than 1.4 million suspected cases since late April.
The world health body said it had requested that North Korea share data and information about COVID-19 so that it can assist the country in fighting the pandemic.
So far, 6,291,065 people worldwide have perished from COVID-19, while nearly 520 million cases have been confirmed, since the disease first emerged in early 2020.