By Nsunjo Erica
The World Health Organization said the Covid-19 weekly death toll of around 50,000 lives is unacceptably high. This was last week as the global COVID-19 fatalities approached one million.
The WHO said that although global death and infection rates from the new coronavirus were plateauing rather than rising exponentially, the worldwide figures were masking surges at lower regional and local levels.
According to the WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan, the pandemic still had a “long way to burn” and though the proportion of infected people dying had dropped as treatment techniques improved, “we cannot accept 50,000 deaths a week as an acceptable number”.
“We’re adding about 1.8 to two million cases per week to the global case count, and an average somewhere between 40,000 to 50,000 deaths,” Director Michael Ryan told a virtual news conference.
“Thankfully that is not rising exponentially. This is a hugely high figure to be settling. That is not where we want to be.” Michael Ryan added.
“Even though those numbers are flat at a global level that covers up the fact that at regional and sub-regional levels in some countries, we’re seeing significant rises in cases.” More from Michael Ryan
The Top 15 Countries With Highest COVID-19 Deaths
Since COVID-19 broke out in China last December, the respiratory disease has killed nearly 947,000 people according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.
According to current stats of September 21, 2020, below are the highest number of COVID-19 deaths recorded by country.
As of September 21, 2020, the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) had spread to six continents, and over 928 thousand people had died after contracting the respiratory virus. Over 35,700 of these deaths occurred in Italy.
About Global COVID-19 Cases.
According to the Johns Hopkins University, the overall number of global COVID-19 cases surpassed the 29.6 million mark, while the deaths increased to over 935,000 as recoveries stand at 16 Million.
The University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update that as of Wednesday 16 September 2020, the total number of cases stood at 29,607,590 and the fatalities rose to 935,871.