Friday, September 18, 2020

WHO says the coronavirus is killing about 50,000 people a week: ‘That is not where we want to be’

Family members in personal protective equipment (PPE) kits along with other relatives bury a person who died of Covid-19, at Jadid Qabristan Ahle - Islam graveyard, near ITO, on September 12, 2020 in New Delhi. - Mayank Makhija | NurPhoto | Getty Images

Berkeley Lovelace Jr., Noah Higgins-Dunn

Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, warned Friday that the coronavirus is “not going away,” noting that it’s still killing about 50,000 people a week.

WHO officials said they are beginning to see “worrying trends” in the number of Covid-19 cases, ICU admissions and hospitalizations in the Northern Hemisphere as it enters its colder seasons.

Seroepidemiology studies that examine the extent of coronavirus infection in different populations indicate that a majority of the world’s population is susceptible to infection from this virus, they said.  Read more >>