The number of deaths from the coronavirus will increase to 50,000 in the “next few days,” according to the World Health Organization.
The organization’s chief executive, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told reporters on Wednesday evening that the growing number of COVID-19 the deaths were “deeply concerning”.
He said: “As we enter the fourth month since the start of the pandemic, I am deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread of the infection.
His words came when the number of confirmed cases worldwide was around 911,000 and the number of deaths over 45,000.
While China, where the virus originated, initially had by far the most cases, it has now been overtaken by the United States (203,000), Italy (110,000) and Spain (102,000) . Germany, France, Iran and the United Kingdom are getting closer.
The Department of Health said on Wednesday that 29,474 people had tested positive for the coronavirus in the UK, which was 4,324 more than the previous 24 hours.
563 people died after a positive test for the disease, bringing the total number of deaths to 2,352.
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Dr Tedros called for more aid to go to developing countries, including those in Africa and Central and South America, where he said COVID-19 “could have serious social consequences, economic and political ”.
He said it was “essential” that these countries be well equipped to detect, test and isolate cases, as well as to identify contacts of people confirmed to be infected.
“Many countries ask people to stay at home and stop population movements, which can help limit the spread of the virus but can have unintended consequences for poor and vulnerable people,” he added.
But he did offer some hope, saying the organization – through global cooperation – is learning more about the disease every day.
He said: “Three months ago we knew almost nothing about this virus, but collectively we learned a lot and every day we learn more. “
He said there had been an “extraordinary response” to WHO’s call for countries to join the trials to find cures and vaccines for the disease.
To date, some 74 countries have joined – or are about to join – the trials, and more than 200 patients have so far been assigned to one of the “lines of study”.
Dr. Tedros added, “Each patient who joins the trial brings us a little closer to knowing which drugs work. “