KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7 — The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 10 per cent of the world’s population might have contracted the coronavirus.
According to Global News, the estimated number is more than 20 times of cases reported globally. So far, 35.4 million cases have been registered worldwide. The estimation shows that, with a 7.6 billion population globally, approximately 760 million people may have been infected by Covid-19.
Dr Michael Ryan, the head of emergencies, cautioned countries as the number of cases differs based on different areas, and people from different groups.
Dr Ryan told countries to be ready to face a much more difficult period as many nations are seeing a rise in cases which indicates that the disease is spreading everywhere.
“Our current best estimates tell us that about 10 per cent of the global population may have been infected by this virus,” Dr Ryan was quoted saying in a special session of the WHO executive board.
According to Dr Ryan, the pandemic has caused a rise in cases in Southeast Asia and Europe, while eastern Mediterranean countries are facing an increase in Covid-19 deaths.
The UN News said that 10 countries have recorded 70 per cent of the total Covid-19 cases that have been reported worldwide.
“Not all countries have responded the same way, and not all countries have been affected the same way,” WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was quoted saying.
The United States, India, Brazil and Russia have recorded more than 20 million cases, or 58 per cent from the total number of cases reported globally.
Colombia, Peru, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa, France and the United Kingdom have recorded more than half million Covid-19 cases in each country so far.