The World Health Organization reported that Coronavirus cases could escalate to 1 million worldwide.
According to WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, while comparatively less recorded cases of COVID-19 have been documented from Africa, Central and South America, the virus may have significant social, economic and political implications for these regions of the world.
Talking at the COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus said;
“Over the past five weeks, we have witnessed a near exponential growth in the number of new COVID-19 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 one million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 50,000 deaths,” he said.
“It is critical that we ensure these countries are well equipped to detect, test, isolate and treat COVID-19 cases, and identify contacts.
“I am encouraged to see that this is occurring in many countries, in spite of limited resources. “Many countries are asking people to stay at home and shutting down population movement, which can help to limit transmission of the Coronavirus.
“But it can have unintended consequences for the poorest and most vulnerable people,” he said.