Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO

Global Coronavirus cases exceed 10m mark as WHO predicted ─Report

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, of the World Health Organisation (WHO), recently anticipated that he expected the number of novel Coronavirus cases around the world, then put at 9.3 million, to increase to 10 million mark this week, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide hit 10 million Sunday, June 28, 2020, according to a tally collated by Johns Hopkins University, United States (US).

In the latest report on Coronavirus cases globally, agency report relates that the United States, Brazil and Russia are listed as having the largest number of cases in real terms, with their caseloads recorded as 2.5 million, 1.3 million and 634,000, respectively.

The US is reported to have witnessed its caseload rise at the fastest rate in recent weeks.

It is recalled that following the continued rise in COVID-19 cases in many countries that have experienced about 25-50% increases in cases last week, Dr. Ghebreyesus, WHO Chief, had told a news briefing that he backed Saudi Arabia’s decision to ban pilgrims from abroad from attending the annual Hajj pilgrimage in order to help in limiting the spread of the deadly virus.

WHO is now supporting many countries in dealing with difficulties in obtaining oxygen concentrators, and devices that boost the flow of oxygen to support the breathing of COVID-19 sufferers, he said.

“Demand is outstripping supply,” WHO Director-General had said.

Dr. Mike Ryan, Head of the WHO Emergencies Programme, said the pandemic for many countries in the Americas had not yet peaked, and that it was “still intense”, especially in Central and South America.

Ryan stated: “I would characterise the situation as still evolving, not having reached its peak yet, and likely to result in sustained numbers of cases and deaths in the coming weeks.”

According to him, many countries in the region have experienced 25-50% increases in cases in the last week.

The novel Coronavirus, which causes a potentially deadly respiratory illness called COVID-19, has affected the vast majority of countries, and responses have varied greatly, depending on national income, health care system and other factors.

Johns Hopkins has recorded just shy of half a million deaths, with the U.S., Brazil and Britain ranking the highest in terms of mortality rate, according to report.

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