It is just ten countries that account for 70 per cent of all reported cases and deaths. And among these countries, three countries account for half cases and deaths.
The United States accounted for the world’s highest number of cases and deaths. It recorded 7,722,746 cases and 215,822 deaths till now. India is next in line with 6,754,179 cases and 104,591 deaths. Brazil with 4,970,953 cases and 147,571 deaths comes in the third position.
While Russia reported 1,237,504 cases and 21,663 deaths, Colombia recorded 869,808 cases and 27.017 eaths, Spain. 869,808 cases and 869,808 deaths, Peru 832,929cases and 32,914 deaths, Argentina 824,468 cases and 21,827 deaths, Mexico 794,608 cases and 82,348 deaths, South Africa reported 683,242 cases and 17,103 deaths.
World health organisation Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the countries were not affected in the same way and not all countries have responded the same way. Meanwhile, WHO Emergencies Director Michael Ryan said that the pandemic continued to evolve, with a surge in Southeast Asia, an “upward trajectory in the northern hemisphere, and an increase in cases and deaths in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. Ryan also mentioned that the situation is currently rather more positive in Africa and the Western Pacific. “Our current best estimates tell us that about 10 per cent of the global population may have been infected by this virus. This varies depending on country; it varies from urban to rural: it varies between different groups. But what it does mean is that the vast majority of the world remains at risk”, said Ryan.
Four country scenarios
- Some countries took quick and decisive action against Covid-19, thus avoiding large outbreaks.
- Some countries suffered large outbreaks but were able to bring them under control and suppress the virus.
- Some countries brought the virus under control but saw an increase in cases as restrictions were lifted.
- Some countries are in the “intense phase of transmission.
Funding and solidarity
The WHO chief outlined three priorities for the coming months, including increasing funding to ensure that all people will have equal access to any potential treatments. He urged countries to realize the full potential of the Access to Cavid-19 Tools Accelerator. He underscored the need to “continue to make the most of the tools we have” to fight the pandemic. “And third, I will never tire of calling for solidarity Finger pointing will not prevent a single infection. Apportioning blame will not save a single life,” he said.