WHO: COVID-19 Pandemic is Accelerating
The novel coronavirus pandemic is rapidly accelerating, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday. The number of infected people has already exceeded 300,000 worldwide. The disease has claimed over 15,000 lives. COVID-19 has spread to nearly every country in the world.
“The pandemic is accelerating. It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach 100,000 cases, 11 days for second 100,000 cases, and just four days for the third 100,000 cases”, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
Italy has confirmed 59,000 cases and 5,000 deaths, the largest number in Europe. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said that the COVID-19 epidemic as well as the number of infected people will continue spreading in the country every day. Over 33,000 cases and more than 2,000 deaths have been registered in Spain, the second largest number in Europe after Italy. In France, 186 people died over the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s death toll to 860, while the number of coronavirus cases has exceeded 20,000.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has imposed stringent restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The UK is banning people from leaving their homes apart from limited purposes. Another 46 people have died of coronavirus in the UK since Sunday. In total, nearly 84,000 people have now been tested for the disease, with 6,500 tests returning positive results.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has exceeded 9,000 in South Korea. Meanwhile, in China, the number of patients with COVID-19 virus is decreasing every day. According to the China’s National Health Commission, 4,735 people are still hospitalized. In total, 90 percent of all the infected patients in the country have recovered.
Governments of several African countries have announced the closure of borders as a preventive measure against the spread of coronavirus. Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia are among them.