July 23, 2020 / 4:07 PM / 17 days ago

WHO says U.S., Brazil and India can 'deal with' pandemic

A boy reacts as a healthcare worker takes a swab from him for a rapid antigen test to tackle the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at a check-up point on a national highway in Ahmedabad, India, July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Amit Dave

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Thursday that the United States, Brazil and India, which are all suffering fast rises in coronavirus cases, can still get on top of the pandemic.

They are “powerful, able, democratic countries who have tremendous internal capacities to deal with this disease”, Dr Mike Ryan, head of the WHO emergencies programme, told a Geneva briefing.

U.S. coronavirus cases exceeded 4 million on Thursday, with over 2,600 new cases recorded every hour on average, the highest rate in the world, according to a Reuters tally.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Additional reporting by Michael Shields and Brenna Hughes-Neghaiwi in Zurich and Lisa Shumaker in Washington; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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