About 10% Of Global Population May Have Had Coronavirus; 70% Of Cases In Only 10 Countries, WHO Says

NPR: 10% Of Global Population May Have Contracted The Coronavirus, WHO Says
“About 10% of the global population may have been infected by the coronavirus, according to a senior World Health Organization official. It’s an estimate that’s far higher than the total of global confirmed cases reported by governments. At the same time, it would mean that most of the world’s population is still vulnerable to getting infected and this pandemic is far from over, the WHO’s head of emergencies Dr. Michael Ryan said Monday…” (Beaubien, 10/5).

U.N. News: 70 percent of COVID cases located in just 10 countries, WHO reports
“…Speaking to a special session of the agency’s Executive Board, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said 10 countries account for 70 percent of all reported cases and deaths, and just three countries account for half. ‘Not all countries have responded the same way, and not all countries have been affected the same way,’ he told the 34 members…” (10/5).

Additional coverage of the WHO’s COVID-19 estimates is available from AP, BBC, The Hill, and Reuters.

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