WHO warns of dramatic increase in fatalities

The World Health Organization (WHO) fears that the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus could continue to rise dramatically without joint international action.

Two million coronavirus deaths or even more are “very likely” if the global community does not take decisive action to counteract the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, said the WHO Director for Medical Emergencies, Michael Ryan, at an online press conference today.

Currently, the number of coronavirus deaths worldwide is approaching one million. “One million is a terrible number, and we need to deal with that before we start thinking about the second million,” Ryan said in response to the question of whether an increase in the number of victims to two million is realistic.

To prevent a second million, the world must stand together in the fight against the virus, Ryan continued. If that doesn’t happen, “we will see that death toll, or unfortunately a much higher one. One of the biggest challenges remains the development of an effective vaccine.

— Hector Pascua with reports from ORF.at/agencies. Picture: stockilyapp.com

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