Geneva: The World Health Organization warned on Wednesday that the prevalence of coronavirus has not yet peaked in the Americas because it said that global infections could reach 10 million within a week.
The WHO said that the length and height of the peak period will depend on the government’s actions, otherwise it will inevitably shrink back to the locked area.
The UN health agency also warned that in terms of current new cases, the shortage of concentrators (equipment for purifying oxygen) to help critically ill patients is imminent.
WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a virtual press conference: “In the first month of the outbreak, the cases reported to WHO Less than 10,000 cases. In the last month, nearly 4 million cases have been reported.”
“We expect to reach 10 million cases next week.
“This is a sober reminder that even if we continue to study vaccines and therapeutic agents, we have an urgent responsibility to use the tools we have now to suppress the spread and save lives to do our best.”
According to official data collected by Agence France-Presse, since the emergence in China last December, the new coronavirus has killed at least 477,500 people and infected nearly 9.3 million people.