WHO says Covid tally will reach 1 crore mark in the next week

New Delhi (NVI): Total coronavirus cases in the world will touch the one crore mark within the next week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned.

Many countries in North, South, and Central America, are still struggling with unprecedented community transmission, said Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s emergency programme, at a WHO press briefing. He said the pandemic has not yet reached its peak in many countries in the Americas.

Meanwhile, more than 9.4 million cases (over 90 lakh) have been confirmed worldwide, while more than 4,80,000 people have died due to the deadly contagion, according to John Hopkins University tally.

More than a third of these cases came from Mexico, Chile, Peru, Brazil, and the US.

The US remains the worst-affected country in the world, where more than 2.3 million coronavirus cases have been recorded. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will require travelers from states with high cases to quarantine for two weeks. At least 26 US states are seeing rising infections.

WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has also said that the global tally is expected to reach 10 million (1 crore) next week while calling for urgent steps to suppress transmission and save lives.

The coronavirus cases in India have reached 4,73,105, with highest single-day rise of 16,922 cases in the last 24 hours.