Second Wave and Vaccine Updates | WHO warns to keep protocols till Vaccine Ready | 24-06-20
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The World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday that the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide is expected to reach 10 million within the next week, while underlining the vital role of oxygen concentrators in saving lives of severe and critical patients.
More than 9.1 million COVID-19 cases and more than 470,000 deaths have been reported to the WHO, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at Wednesday’s press briefing.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO:
“In the first month of this outbreak, less than 10,000 cases were reported to WHO. In the last month, almost 4 million cases have been reported. We expect to reach a total of 10 million cases within the next week. This is a sober reminder that even as we continue research into vaccines and therapeutics, we have an urgent responsibility to do everything we can with the tools we have now to suppress transmission and save lives.”
“WHO estimates that at the current rate of about 1 million new cases a week, the world needs about 620,000 cubic meters of oxygen a day, which is about 88,000 large cylinders. However, many countries are now experiencing difficulties in obtaining oxygen concentrators. 80 percent of the market is owned by just a few companies, and demand is currently outstripping supply. WHO and the U.N. partners are working with manufacturers across the world through a variety of private sector networks to buy oxygen concentrators for countries that need them most.”
Michael Ryan, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, WHO:
“I would characterize the situation in the Americas in general, and then central and Latin America in general, as a still evolving, not having reached its peak yet and likely to result in a sustained number of cases and continued deaths in the coming weeks.”