Covid threat increasing globally; Big countries see major threat

The threat of coronavirus was on an increase across the world, especially in big countries, warns the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The world recorded over nine million corona cases and 4.74 lakh deaths till Tuesday. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, it recorded the highest number of cases on Sunday. WHO’s top emergencies expert Mike Ryan told an online briefing that numbers were increasing as the epidemic is developing in a number of populous countries at the same time and across the whole world.

Noting that some of the increase in numbers may be attributed to an increase in testing, Ryan said that they did not believe that the increase was only because of the increase in testing. He noted that Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Argentina, Panama, Guatemala and Brazil, had all shown an increase of the deadly virus cases. All the countries had passed the one million mark, which is second only to the United States.

Pointing out the number of tests per population was still low, he said that the increase in positive cases was not because that the countries had increased the number of tests. “We would say that this trend is not reflective of exhaustive testing, but probably under-estimating the actual number of cases,” he told the briefing.

With respect to the United States, Ryan said that there was certainly an increase in the number of corona cases. He also said that he had seen reports that there was an increase in the number of corona cases among young people. This may be because the youth take the advantage of relaxation of lockdown and move about, he added.

The WHO also expressed its worry about Germany, where the reproduction rate of coronavirus hit 2.88 on Sunday. This was above the maximum level of one transmission per person needed to contain the disease over the longer term.

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