World Health Organization briefs on coronavirus


[The stream is slated to start at 11 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.]The World Health Organization holds a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic on Friday as daily cases hit a new record across the world.

The WHO on Thursday reported 338,779 new cases of coronavirus worldwide, a record one-day increase, driven by a surge in infections in Europe.

More than 36.5 million people worldwide have been infected with Covid-19 to date, killing more than a million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Earlier this week, Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO emergency program, said “best estimates” indicate that around 1 in 10 people worldwide may have been infected with the coronavirus – more 20 times the number of confirmed cases.

He said the numbers vary from urban setting to urban setting, and between different groups, but ultimately that means “the vast majority of the world remains at risk.”

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—The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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