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The World Health Organization is holding a press conference on the coronavirus outbreak



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World Health Organization officials are holding a press conference on Thursday to update the public on the coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 20 million people across the globe.

The United States, which has identified more than 5 million Covid-1

9 cases so far, saw its deadliest day since May on Wednesday with 1,500 coronavirus deaths. The United States, Brazil and Mexico lead the world in the number of reported coronavirus fatalities, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Carissa Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization's regional director for America, said at a news conference on Tuesday that the numbers "make it clear" that America remains "under Covid-19's grip." However, WHO officials have said there are "green shoots of hope" in the fight against the coronavirus.

"I know that many of you are grieving and that this is a difficult moment for the world," WHO Director – General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a news conference on Monday. "But I want to be clear, there are green shoots of hope, and no matter where a country, region, city or town is, it is never too late to reverse the outbreak of Covid-19."

Read CNBC's live updates to see the latest news on the outbreak of Covid-19.


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