COVID-19 Outbreak Accelerating, Clearly Not Reached Peak: WHO Chief

The Coronavirus outbreak is accelerating and the world has not reached the peak of infections, the World Health Organisation (WHO) chief warned on Tuesday.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that data shows it took 12 weeks for the world to reach 400,000 cases. However, just over the weekend more than 400,000 cases were added across the globe.

“The outbreak is accelerating, and we have clearly not reached the peak of the pandemic,” said Ghebreyesus.
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While the cases are increasing, the number of deaths appears to have levelled off globally.

The WHO chief said, “In reality some countries have made significant progress in reducing the number of deaths, while in other countries deaths are still on the rise.”

Those countries that have managed to reduce deaths, have done it through implementing targeted actions toward the most vulnerable groups, for example those people living in long-term care facilities.

There are currently over 11.4 million cases of COVID-19 across the world with 535,000 lives lost.

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