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Deaths due to COVID-19 could double to two million before a successful vaccine is widely available: WHO

Geneva: The global death toll from COVID-19 could double to two million before a successful vaccine is widely available and that number could be even higher without concerted action to curb the pandemic, an official at the World Health Organization said on Friday.

“Unless we do it all, (two million deaths) … is not only imaginable but sadly very likely,” Mike Ryan, head of the UN agency’s emergencies program, told a briefing on Friday.

The number of deaths in about nine months since the novel coronavirus was first reported in China is nearing one million. “We are not out of the woods anywhere, we are not out of the woods in Africa,” said Ryan.

 

Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com
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