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WHO warns two million deaths 'very likely' even with vaccine

WHO warns two million deaths 'very likely' even with vaccine

By Semi Turaga
Saturday 26/09/2020
WHO's Head of Emergencies Dr Mike Ryan and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General. [Image: New York]

The World Health Organisation has warned the global coronavirus death toll could hit two million before an effective vaccine is widely used.

The WHO's Head of Emergencies Dr Mike Ryan said the figure could be higher without concerted international action.

Almost one million people have died with COVID-19 worldwide since the disease first emerged in China late last year.

Virus infections continue to rise, with 32 million cases confirmed globally.

The start of the second surge of coronavirus infections has been seen in many countries in the northern hemisphere as winter approaches.

So far, the US, India and Brazil have confirmed the most cases, recording more than 15 million between them.

But in recent days, there has been a resurgence of infections across Europe, prompting warnings of national lockdowns similar to those imposed at the height of the first wave of the pandemic.

[Source: BBC]

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