The Middle East's most affected country Iran reported 162 more deaths on Monday, its highest single-day toll yet, a day after it also made mask-wearing mandatory for inside gatherings.
He told the press conference: "Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world - and our lives - would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus". The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said last week that samples taken from blood tests in the United States show as many as 25 million Americans might already have been infected, ten times the number of confirmed cases.
"Another border closure can not be ruled out if the number of infections in one European Union region is significantly higher than in another", he stated.
This was possible even under extreme conditions, as the World Health Organization itself had shown by halting an outbreak of Ebola in eastern Congo, tracing 25,000 contacts a day in a remote area where some 20 armed groups were fighting, he added.
Now, with more than 500,000 people dead and more than 10 million confirmed cases worldwide, World Health Organization director-general Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus has said this is "a moment for all of us to reflect". He also warned that the pandemic was "not even close to being over," but was in fact "speeding up" globally.
"We will be sending a team next week to China to prepare for that", he said.
China to impose visa restrictions on USA individuals over Hong Kong
Alan Leong, chairman of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Civic Party, wrote that he agreed with Bütikofer's statement . Law said worldwide pressure is essential to keep China in check.
As per the latest update by the Johns Hopkins University, a total of 10,199,798 coronavirus cases and 502,947 deaths have been reported so far.
"The worst is yet to come".
Police and funeral staff remove the body of a person said to have died from Covid-19 in a peripheral neighborhood of Quito, Ecuador, on May 7.
"I'm sorry to say that, but with this kind of environment and conditions we fear the worst", he said.
"Most people are left vulnerable to the virus".
Russian Federation and India have both reported more than half a million cases, while the United Kingdom, Peru and Chile have each reported more than a quarter million cases. "If any country is saying contact tracing is hard, it is a lame excuse".
A survey conducted by the Pew Research Centre between June 16-22 carried out on a nationally representative sample of over 4,000 Amercians has shown that many think the U.S. is past the worst of the outbreak, and are now less concerned about contracting it or unknowingly spreading the virus around than they were when previously surveyed in April.