The head of emergencies at the World Health Organization (WHO) has on Monday said hundreds of millions of people may have already been infected with the new coronavirus, far more than the current tally of more than 35 million.
Mike Ryan, the WHO’s emergency operations chief, told the global health agency’s executive board on Monday “Our current best estimates tell us that about 10 percent of the global population may have been infected by this virus.”
Ryan said COVID-19 cases and deaths were surging across Europe, Southeast Asia and the eastern Mediterranean, while the situation in Africa and the Western Pacific “is currently rather more positive”.
India with more than 6.6 million COVID-19 cases has now crossed the grim milestone of 100,000 virus deaths, the third-highest in the world behind only the United States and Brazil.
On Monday, it registered a single-day spike of 74,442 new cases, while 903 virus deaths in the past 24 hours took the total fatalities up to 102,685.
Canada: COVID-19 Death Toll Exceeds 12000
Canada’s COVID-19 deaths have passed another grim milestone of 12, 000 fatalities.
The country also recorded fifty-four hundred sixty-eight new cases of coronavirus infections which pushed the total number of confirmed cases to 370,014. More than 290,000 persons have recovered from the virus.
A new report from an epidemiological analysis showed about 90 per cent of those who died were seniors, from 70 years and older.
The data also shows a significant increase in patients hospitalized from the virus.
Moderna Files For U.S. Vaccine Authorization, Will Seek EU Nod
Drug maker, Moderna has filed for U.S. and European emergency regulatory approval of its coronavirus vaccine for widespread use.
It is now left for regulators to look at trial data for the MRNA vaccine and decide if it is safe and effective enough to recommend for roll out.
Clinical studies have revealed the vaccine is more than 94% effective at protecting against COVID-19 infection.
Another drug maker, Pfizer, has already filed for the U.S. Emergency approval for its own vaccine.
UK regulators are reviewing data for emergency approval of the Pfizer, Astrazenca, and Oxford University coronavirus vaccines.
Moderna says it hopes to gain UK approval soon, now that it has trial data from 30,000 volunteers including the elderly.
WHO Warns That Malaria Fight Has Stalled
The World Health Organization says progress in the fight against malaria appears to have stalled.
The agency has warned, in its annual report on malaria, that the number of cases and deaths related to the disease has remained largely unchanged in the past two years, in contrast to the dramatic falls seen since the turn of the century. It’s feared that a shortage of funds for anti-malaria programmes will be worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.
Malaria kills at least 400,000 persons every year, vast majority of them in sub-Saharan Africa.
Efforts to control the mosquito-borne disease are also being threatened by growing resistance to some drugs.