1 in 10 people worldwide have had Coronavirus, WHO says

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Sarah Peddie

The World Health Organisation has stated that 1 in 10 people worldwide have contracted the coronavirus but there are still many that are at risk.

It has been confirmed that over 35 million people have been infected by Covid-19 throughout the world. However, WHO believes that the true figure of this is actually closer to 800 million people as most have not been tested or diagnosed.

Dr. Mike Ryan, director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, said at the meeting: "Our current best estimates tell us that about 10% of the global population may have been infected by this virus. 

“This varies depending on country, it varies from urban to rural, it varies between different groups. But what it does mean is that the vast majority of the world remains at risk.”

Ten months on from the first known case of the coronavirus, there is still no signs of it ending anytime soon as many countries are currently going through a second wave of the virus. 

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus added: “Although all countries have been affected by this virus, we must remember that this is an uneven pandemic. Ten countries account for 70% of all reported cases and deaths and just three countries account for half.”

There has been just over one million deaths worldwide with the US, Brazil and India accounting for half of the overall death toll.

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