Global Covid virus deaths to top 100,000 a week: WHO

Geneva - Americas region accounted for about 47 per cent of current deaths.



By Reuters

Published: Mon 18 Jan 2021, 8:55 PM

Global deaths from Covid-19 are expected to top 100,000 per week “very soon”, from more than 93,000 reported last week, the World Health Organization’s top emergency expert Mike Ryan said on Monday.

In an epidemiological update provided to the WHO’s exective board meeting, he added that the Americas region accounted for about 47 per cent of current deaths. In Europe, cases and deaths are stabilising but at a high level, he said.

“Currently our epidemiological situation is dynamic and uneven, it’s futher complicated by variants,” he told the board.


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