The World Health Organization’s head of emergencies on Monday warned that “the best estimates” indicate that 1 in 10 people worldwide will be infected with coronavirus, more than 20 times the number of confirmed cases, and also indicated that the hardest time will come.
Dr. Michael Ryan said at a special meeting of the WHO’s 34, member executive board focusing on COVID – 19 that these figures vary from urban to rural and between different groups, but ultimately “most of the world remains at risk.”
He says the pandemic will continue to grow, but that there is a tool to suppress the transmission and save lives.
Ryan told, “Our current best estimates are that 10 percent of the world’s population is infected with this virus.”
The population of approximately 7.6 billion is estimated to be over 760 million – surpassing the number of cases confirmed by both the WHO and Johns Hopkins University, which now stands at over 35 million worldwide.
Experts have long said that the number of confirmed cases underestimates the true figure.