The World Health Organization (WHO) said the novel coronavirus was yet to be brought under control “in most of the world”, while warning that it was actually “getting worse”.
Speaking at a briefing on Friday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said: “The virus has upended health systems in some of the world’s wealthiest nations, while some countries that have mounted a successful response have been of modest means.
“In most of the world the virus is not under control. It is getting worse.”
The WHO chief added that the pandemic was “still accelerating”, as the total number of COVID19 cases worldwide has “doubled in the last six week”, the Metro newspaper reported.
The overall number of global COVID19 cases has surged to over 12.4 million, while the deaths have increased to more than 559,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 12,461,962, while the fatalities rose to 559,481, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.
The US accounted for the world’s highest number of infections and fatalities at 3,182,385 and 134,073, respectively, according to the CSSE.
Brazil came in the second place with 1,800,827 infections and 70,398 deaths.
In terms of cases, India ranks third (793,802), and is followed by Russia (712,863), Peru (319,646), Chile (309,274), the UK (289,678), Mexico (289,174), Spain (253,908), Iran (252,720), South Africa (250,687), Pakistan (243,599), Italy (242,639), Saudi Arabia (226,486), Turkey (210,965), France (208,015), Germany (199,332), Bangladesh (178,443), Colombia (133,973), Canada (108,959) and Qatar (102,630), the CSSE figures showed. The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the UK (44,735), Italy (34,938), Mexico (34,191), France (30,007), Spain (28,403), India (21,604), Iran (12,447), Peru (11,500) and Russia (11,000).