New York's Empire State Building was lit up like an ambulance Monday, March 30, in honor of first responders and medical professionals on the front lines of the city's coronavirus outbreak.

READ MORE: Despite vast improvements in countries such as China and South Korea, the World Health Organization said Tuesday the coronavirus outbreak is “far from over” in the region.

“This is going to be a long-term battle and we cannot let down our guard. We need every country to keep responding according to their local situation,” WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr. Takeshi Kasai said at a briefing.

China reported one new death and 48 new cases Tuesday, none of them locally transmitted, while South Korea reported 125 new cases.

Kasai said the WHO had no evidence that the rising temperatures of the coming hot season would slow the virus down, as some had hoped, and that there was no telling how much longer the pandemic would last.

"This battle is going to be a long-term battle," he said.


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