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WHO: COVID-19 Causes More Than 2 Million Deaths Every Week

WHO: COVID-19 Causes More Than 2 Million Deaths Every Week

Saturday, 19 September, 2020 - 08:45
Women wearing masks to prevent contracting the coronavirus take a walk at a Han River park in Namyangju, South Korea March 7, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief said new global cases of the coronavirus appear to have plateaued at about 2 million and 50,000 deaths every week.


Dr. Michael Ryan said while the global COVID-19 caseload was not rising exponentially, the weekly number of deaths was still very unsettling.


“It’s not where developing countries want to be with their health systems under nine months of pressure,” Ryan noted.


He said there have been recent surges in Europe, Ecuador and Argentina.


A lack of large increases in African countries and other nations might reflect a lack of testing, he Ryan noted.


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