Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that 10 countries account for 70% of all reported COVID cases and deaths, and just 3 countries account for half. He made these remarks at the WHO Executive Board meetings.
Tedros said that there are roughly four different situations countries are facing: First, some countries acted decisively and quickly and have avoided large outbreaks. Second, some countries have had large outbreaks but were able to bring them under control, and continue to suppress the virus. Third, while some countries brought the virus under control, as economies and societies have eased restrictions, there has been an increase in cases. And fourth, there are still some countries that are in the intense phase of transmission.
Dr. Michael Ryan, WHO Emergencies Director, reported that the pandemic continues to evolve, with a surge in Southeast Asia, an “upward trajectory” in the northern hemisphere, and an increase in cases and deaths in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. Meanwhile, the situation “is currently rather more positive” in Africa and the Western Pacific.
“Our current best estimates tell us that about 10 per cent of the global population may have been infected by this virus. This varies depending on country; it varies from urban to rural; it varies between different groups. But what it does mean is that the vast majority of the world remains at risk”, said Dr. Ryan.