COVID-19 Worldwide Death Toll Hits 500,000 in 6 Months

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Sarah Peddie

The World Health Organisation Director General has warned that the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic is speeding up and “is not even close to being over”.

Today marks six months since the outbreak had started and the world was made aware of the virus spreading across the continents. 

The latest tally from Johns Hopkins University shows that over 10 million cases have been detected worldwide and 500,000 deaths since the virus was first identified in China at the end of 2019.

Half of the cases worldwide have been detected in Europe and the United States but the virus is starting to grow in the Americas.

Speaking at a media briefing in Geneva, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “The pandemic has brought out the best and the worst of humanity.

“All over the world we have seen heartwarming acts of resilience, inventiveness, solidarity and kindness. 

“But we have also seen concerning signs of stigma, misinformation and the politicization of the pandemic.”

The United States and the United Kingdom are the worst hit countries throughout the world but now countries like Brazil, Peru and Chile are seeing cases rapidly increase.

“With 10 million cases now and half a million deaths, unless we address the problems we've already identified at WHO, the lack of national unity and lack of global solidarity and the divided world which is actually helping the virus to spread.

“The worst is yet to come.”

Dr Tedros had then urged more governments to follow the example of Germany, South Korea and Japan and the way they have handled the outbreak of the virus. These countries had extensive track and trace testing throughout their nations. 

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