According to WHO officials, scrutiny is needed to ascertain whether the right numbers of infected persons are being reported. There have been reports of some African countries like Egypt are under-declaring the number of infected persons.
Over 60 per cent of the COVID cases reported in the world is believed to have spread through facial structures of either the eyes or nose- that is protected by the mucous membrane. Habits such as rubbing eyes or poking the nose are highlighted as innocent behaviour that assists in the transmission of the disease.
Prior to December 2019, when the first cases were registered in Wuhan-China, the current virus was unknown. Experts say that the disease has the same genetic makeup as SARS that emerged in 2002 and affected 8,000 people after spreading to 26 countries.