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WHO official says: 10% of the world may have been infected by Covid-19

A World Health Organization official said about one in 10 people globally may have infected by Covi-19. It means the majority of the world still remains vulnerable to Covid-19 as CNN reports.

Dr. Mike Ryan, director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme stated at a WHO executive board meeting that according to the current estimations and data about 10% of the global population may have been infected by Covid-19. The situation depends on different factors: country, urban to rural territory, people groups… The vast majority of the world remains at risk.

There are more than 35.5 million confirmed Covid-19 cases globally, according to the widely-used Johns Hopkins University dashboard, but WHO and other experts say that is almost certainly an enormous undercount.

With a global population of about 7.7 billion people, Ryan’s estimate would mean about 770 million have been infected — but most have not been diagnosed or counted.

Ryan specified that Southeast Asia continues to experience a increase in cases, while Europe and Eastern Mediterranean regions were seeing an increase in cases and deaths. The situation in Africa and the Western Pacific is “rather more positive.”

Worldwide, countries are struggling to contain resurgent outbreaks and are taking measures to stop the spread of the virus. “We are now heading into a difficult period. The disease continues to spread,” Ryan said.

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