The number of cases for the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, are not looking good.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has voiced concern over the increasing infection and death count on April 1. The number of infected globally is now at 935,000 and deaths are at 47,000.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press conference, “Over the past 5 weeks, we have witnessed a near exponential growth in the number of new cases, reaching almost every country, territory and area.
“The number of deaths has more than doubled in the past week. In the next few days we will reach 1 million confirmed cases, and 50 thousand deaths.”
For the first time, China has reported 1,300 asymptomatic cases. Which means people are infected by the virus but show no signs of symptoms.
WHO epidemiologist Dr Maria ver Kerkhove who was part of a team that went to China in February said, “From data that we have seen from China in particular, we know that individuals who are identified, who are listed as asymptomatic, about 75 percent of those actually go on to develop symptoms.
“The outbreak continues to be driven by people who show signs of disease including fever and cough, but it is important for the WHO to capture that full spectrum of illness.”
Ghebreyesus added that the WHO, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund will help developing countries with debt relief to help cope with the economic outcomes of the virus.
“I have called on governments to put in place social welfare measures to ensure vulnerable people have food and other life essentials during this crisis.
“Many developing countries will struggle to implement social welfare programs of this nature. For those countries, debt relief is essential to enable them to take care of their people and avoid economic collapse,” he said.