COVID-19: Coronavirus cases to hit 1 million within few days

Cheryl Sanders
April 4, 2020

"New cases have been reported in some of the most vulnerable countries with fragile health systems", Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO's director for the Eastern Mediterranean region, said on Thursday.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there has been "a near exponential growth" in case numbers over the past five weeks, affecting practically every country, territory and area of the world.

"As we enter the fourth month since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread of infection", he stated.

"Even in countries with stronger heath systems, we have seen a worrying spike in the numbers of cases and deaths reported", he said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease who is top U.S. infectious disease official, said on Friday that Americans should cover their face if they have to go in public, but they should still stay isolated as much as possible.

Tedros Ghebreyesus, has said one million cases of coronavirus will be recorded worldwide in few days.

Generally older people or those with underlying medical conditions will have more advanced disease and a higher risk of death, van Kerkhove said.

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India has risen to 1,965 on Thursday (April 2, 2020) while the death toll due to the deadly virus has touched 50, according to the latest figures provided by the Union Health Ministry.

He further said that many developing countries may struggle to implement social welfare programs upto this scale. Italy and Spain account for three in every four deaths on the continent.

He urged governments to implement social welfare measures to ensure that vulnerable people have access to food during the crisis - and called for debt relief for poorer states.

"It is critical that we ensure these countries are well equipped to detect, test, isolate and treat #COVID19 cases, and identify contacts - I am encouraged to see that this is occurring in many countries, despite limited resources", he said.

"This is the first ever coronavirus pandemic and its behavior is still unknown and that's why we should always be in a learning mode".

A safe vaccine is thought to be 12 to 18 months away, while World Health Organization emergencies director Michael Ryan stressed: "There is no therapy that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of COVID-19".

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