The number of
people killed by COVID-19 has surpassed 1 million, according to the
widely cited Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
The center put the total number of infections worldwide at more than 33
COVID-19 is the disease caused by the novel
coronavirus, which is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China, late
In India, the country’s confirmed coronavirus tally reached 6 million Monday, behind only the United States, where infections passed 7 million last week.
As the pandemic reached the grim milestone, a World
Health Organization (WHO) official said the actual toll is probably
"If anything, the numbers currently reported
probably represent an underestimate of those individuals who have either
contracted COVID-19 or died as a cause of it," Mike Ryan, the WHO's top
emergencies expert, said at a briefing in Geneva.
President Donald Trump on Monday promised to make 150 million rapid COVID-19 tests available. He said the "massive and groundbreaking expansion” of testing would help protect the elderly in nursing homes, allow schools to reopen more safely, and help get the economy back on track.
had previously said he wanted to slow testing down because
discovering more cases could make it appear the disease is spreading
WHO announced that 120 million rapid diagnostic tests
for the coronavirus will be made available to low- and
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said manufacturers Abbott and SD Biosensor are working in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to "make 120 million of these new, highly portable and easy-to-use rapid COVID-19 diagnostic tests available over a period of six months."
End is not near
In the United States, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told NBC, "We're nowhere near
the end” of the coronavirus pandemic.
Redfield also repeated his argument that wearing a
mask can be just as effective as a vaccine.
"If every one of us did it, this pandemic would
be over in eight to 12 weeks," Redfield said.
Dr. Chris Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, told CNN an expected "huge surge” in coronavirus infections in October in the United States is also expected to continue in November and December.
Heading off 2nd wave
Meanwhile, Europe is experiencing a new wave of
coronavirus infections, leading some governments across the continent to
reimpose restrictions on residents and businesses.
Britain and the Netherlands both announced new
measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.
In Spain, Madrid authorities and the national
government are clashing over the extent of the steps needed to control the
outbreak of new infections in the capital region.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the government in France has no plan to order a new nationwide lockdown, despite a rising number of coronavirus cases
But Patrick Bouet, head of France’s National Council of the Order of Doctors, told Journal du Dimanche Sunday "if nothing changes, France will face a widespread outbreak across its whole territory for several long autumn and winter months,” and the health system would crumble under the demands.