WHO nudges world to aid COVID-19-plagued developing countries

Cheryl Sanders
April 5, 2020

Geneva: The World Health Organization said Wednesday it was deeply concerned about the near-exponential escalation of the new coronavirus pandemic, with the number of deaths doubling in a week.

WHO's COVID-19 technical lead Dr Maria Van Kerkhove said there were still many unknowns about why young people were dying.

According to Coronavirus COVID-19 Global cases by the center at Johns Hopkins University by Thursday there were a total of 962,977 cases worldwide with the USA leading at 216,768, Italy had 110,574, Spain 110,238, China 82,431 while Germany had 80,641 confirmed cases.

She further said that it was also important to understand as to why some other people were progressing backwards from severe disease to more moderate disease and recovering. "Some of those individuals have had underlying conditions, but some have not", CNBC reported her saying.

"Older people are more vulnerable and people with underlying conditions are more vulnerable, but we have even more evidence now that it effects younger people too", Dr Tedros said.

According to the new tally from World Health Organization latest data, the United States has reported the most cases, which have surpassed 236,000, along with 6,586 deaths.

"There was a tendency for the last several months, nearly a dismissive attitude, to say, 'Well, this disease is severe in older people, and it's fine in younger people, '" Ryan said.

"We are seeing more and more individuals who are of the younger age group - in their 30s, in their 40s, in their 50s - who are in ICU and who are dying (in Italy and China)".

Meanwhile, as at yesterday, confirmed cases the dreaded virus has already hit 800,000 while over 40,000 deaths have also been recorded. Andrew Cuomo announced he was shutting down playgrounds across the state after young people had failed to adhere to social distancing protocols, despite him issuing several warnings.

"We are seeing more and more younger individuals who are experiencing severe disease".

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