The WHO said that, according to their estimates, about 10% of the world’s population has had coronavirus – this is 780 million people. Their estimate is much higher than the data of scientists who are monitoring the situation with the pandemic.
Michael Ryan, the head of the emergency department of the World Health Organization (WHO), said that, according to their estimates, about one in ten people in the world have had coronavirus – this is 20 times more than officially confirmed cases. The official warned of the “coming difficult period” that awaits all countries of the world.
The organization noted that “the vast majority of people in the world are still at risk.” In their opinion, the pandemic will continue to evolve, despite the tools to suppress the transmission of coronavirus and the efforts of medical workers.
According to Ryan, to date, the virus could have infected about 10% of the world’s population – 780 million people. The WHO spokesman called this assessment “optimistic”.
Ryan added that Southeast Asia faced a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases, growth was also observed in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, while the situation in Africa and the western Pacific was “rather positive.” In general, according to him, the world “is moving towards another difficult period.”
This estimate is much higher than the number of confirmed cases counted by both the WHO and Johns Hopkins University – according to their data, 35 million people worldwide have had coronavirus. However, WHO notes that the number of confirmed cases is lower than the true figure.
At the same time, the authorities of some countries are already introducing restrictive measures. Israel was the first to return full quarantine, and Spain has restricted entry and exit from Madrid. In Moscow, self-isolation was returned for the elderly and people with chronic diseases, and companies were obliged to transfer 30% of employees to remote work.