Data from the WHO shows that it took 12 weeks for the world to reach 400,000 cases of COVID-19. There have now been 11.4 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 535,000 deaths reported. As of today, 200,000 COVID-19 cases are being reported every day, across the world.
The high numbers of COVID-19 cases reported in the world are not
as a result of mass testing, this is according to the World Health Organization-WHO.
Data from the WHO
shows that it took 12 weeks for the world to reach 400,000 cases of
COVID-19. There have now been 11.4 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 535,000 deaths
reported. As of today, 200,000 COVID-19 cases are being reported every day, across the world.
But Dr Michael Ryan, the Executive Director of Health Emergencies says that the rise in cases is not as a result of mass
testing, but a result of more infections in communities. Similarly, the WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says that the disease
is spreading fast which is leading to high numbers being reported.
"The outbreak is accelerating and we have not reached the peak of the
pandemic. The number of cases reported daily is on the increase. The
disease is accelerating very fast but it's still possible to control
it. We have to do more now to save lives to stop mortality," Dr Ghebreyesus
said on Tuesday.
While the number of cases reported seems to be on the increase, the number of
deaths reported is decreasing. According to WHO, the world is seeing a
reduction in deaths reported of over a thousand cases daily.
Dr Ghebreyesus attributes this to the use of science and targeted
actions towards vulnerable populations. He says identifying, testing,
isolating, and treating people has led to the reduction of deaths.
"While the number of deaths appears to have levelled off globally, in
the reality, some countries have made significant progress in reducing the number
of deaths, while in other countries deaths are still on the rise. Where there
has been progressing in reducing deaths, countries have implemented targeted
actions toward the most vulnerable groups, for example, those people living in
long-term care facilities," he said.
As the world continues to report more cases of COVID-19, the
origin of the disease remains unknown. While it is believed that the disease
originated from three animals bats, snake and pangolin, it is unclear how it
crossed into humans.
To better understand this, a team of WHO scientists are travelling to China
this week to identify the zoonotic origin of the disease. However, Dr Ryan warns that it might take years for the search of
the source of the disease to ever be known.
"We have carried out such work in for the past and it is a detective
story trying to find out how the disease crosses. We spent decades doing this
to Ebola, to MARS or even SARS. It takes time. The interaction between man and
the animal kingdom can happen at any time and it takes time to understand how
the virus might have crossed from wild animals to markets than to man. It's
never a straight path when it comes to trying to understand this process,"