World’s 10% population may have already contracted COVID, WHO says

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The World Health Organisation says roughly that one in 10 people around the world may have been infected with the novel coronavirus.

The head of the health emergencies program at the World Health Organisation, Michael Ryan, said on Monday that the agency’s “best estimates” indicate 10 per cent of the world’s population could have contracted the virus.

That estimate, which would amount to more than 760 million people, is more than 20 times the number of confirmed cases in the world and would still leave more than 90 per cent of the population susceptible to the virus.

Speaking to a special session of the WHO’s 34-member executive board in Geneva, Ryan said the figures vary between countries but the estimate means “the vast majority of the world remains at risk,” adding that “we are now heading into a difficult period.”

The number of confirmed worldwide cases tallied by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center surpassed 35 million Monday, a week after surpassing 1 million coronavirus deaths.

In India, the COVID tally has mounted to 66,85,082 cases. According to data shown by the Health Ministry of India, the country’s death toll mounted to 103,569 as 884 people succumbed to the deadly virus.

The number of deaths due to the coronavirus disease across the country has also been the lowest in a week. There were 1,179 fatalities on September 30 and 903 on Monday. Of the 903 deaths on Monday, 82% were reported from 10 states and Union territories and 36% reported from Maharashtra with 326 fatalities followed by Karnataka with 67 deaths.


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