• South America has become a new epicentre for the disease. We have seen many South American countries with increasing numbers of cases.

GENEVA: South America has become “a new epicentre" of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said Friday, following a surge in the number of COVID-19 infections.

“In a sense, South America has become a new epicentre for the disease. We have seen many South American countries with increasing numbers of cases," WHO emergencies director Mike Ryan told a virtual news conference.