WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The WHO has voiced concern over the rapid escalation of the novel coronavirus cases around the globe, affecting more than 200 countries.
- The organization said that we can expect 1 million confirmed cases and 50,000 deaths in the next few days.
- There will be a proposed debt relief to help developing countries in fighting the effects made by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of World Health Organization (WHO) spoke about updates on the novel coronavirus on Wednesday. He expressed heavy concerns about the “the rapid escalation and global spread” of COVID-19 cases that have affected 205 countries and territories.
In a news conference held virtually in Geneva, the location of WHO, Ghebreyesus revealed, “in the past five weeks there has been a near-exponential growth in the number of new cases and the number of deaths has more than doubled in the past week.”
Ghebreyesus also added that in the coming days, there will be 1 million confirmed cases and 50,000 deaths worldwide.
China reported a decrease in new infections on Wednesday since the outbreak began in December. The country has released the number of asymptomatic cases for the first time as well; this would, however, complicate the reading of trends in the outbreak. Statistics indicate that the latest update ruled out the 130 new asymptomatic patients.
Furthermore, Ghebreyesus noted that the WHO, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Bank have supported debt relief for developing countries to cope with the economic and social effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
He stated, “Many countries, developing countries cannot really support their societies especially during lockdowns, especially those community members who work for their daily bread. That is why we call on the international community to have debt relief to support those countries, “ in reference to the debt relief proposal.
The Director-General continued to say, “we are proposing an expedited process to support countries so their economies are not getting into crisis, (and) their communities are not getting into crisis.”