WHO expects to reach 10 million cases of COVID-19
June 27, 2020
Global Korean Post
Globally, as of 3:23pm CEST, 26 June 2020, there have been 9,473,214 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 484,249 deaths, reported to WHO.
In United States of America, from Jan 20 to 3:23pm CEST, 26 June 2020, there have been 2,367,064 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 121,645 deaths.
On June 24, WHO Director-General said at his opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19.
“More than 9.1 million cases of COVID-19 have now been reported to WHO, and more than 470,000 deaths.
In the first month of this outbreak, less than 10,000 cases were reported to WHO. In the last month, almost 4 million cases have been reported.
We expect to reach a total of 10 million cases within the next week.”
He highlighted an area of intense focus for WHO since the beginning of the pandemic.
“One of the most effective ways of saving lives is providing oxygen to patients who need it. Patients with severe and critical COVID-19 cannot get enough oxygen into their blood by breathing normally. They need higher concentrations of oxygen and support to get it into their lungs.”
WHO estimates that at the current rate of about 1 million new cases a week, the world needs about 620,000 cubic meters of oxygen a day, which is about 88,000 large cylinders.
However, many countries are now experiencing difficulties in obtaining oxygen concentrators. 80 percent of the market is owned by just a few companies, and demand is currently outstripping supply.
The Director-General highlighted work by WHO and UN partners to ensure global supplies of oxygen for treating patients, and discussed the difficult choices all countries must make in holding gatherings of large numbers of people.
by Global Korean Post with files