World Health Organization (WHO) warned the world that the global coronavirus death toll could hit two million before the development of an effective vaccine. This figure could be higher if concerted international action has not been taken.
According to the statistics, the global death toll has reached one million since the virus first emerged in China last year. The confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to rise and reach 32 million cases globally.
Condition of coronavirus in Europe
So far, countries include the US, India, and Brazil have confirmed the most cases, which are around 15million. However, a sudden rise of cases has happened in Europe, prompting warnings of national lockdowns amid pandemic.
Dr Mike Ryan, the WHO’s emergencies head urged Europeans to ask themselves whether they had done enough to prevent the spreading of coronavirus. He also urged them to ask if alternatives like testing and tracing, quarantines, and social distancing, had been implemented.
What did he say about the death toll?
When asked whether two million fatalities were possible to happen globally before an effective vaccine is created, Dr Ryan stated: “It’s not impossible.”
He also said that better treatments and effective vaccines on their own might not be enough to prevent death tolls surpassing two million.
Latest development globally
Stricter social-distancing guidelines and restrictions have been imposed in many countries to curb the second wave of coronavirus.
The government in Spain has recommended reimposing a partial lockdown on the Madrid area because of the sudden rise in Covid-19 cases. In the meantime, the government in France has issued a closure of bars and restaurants in the southern city of Marseille. This action has caused the staff to protest in these areas.
Meanwhile, in the UK, due to the rising of coronavirus infection, more restrictions were announced in several regions of the UK. On the contrary, curbs on businesses are being lifted in some US states, despite the increasing number of cases nationwide.
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