Infections will soon reach 1 million with 50,000 deaths: WHO
Updated: 2020-04-02 09:55:21 KST
Entering the fourth month since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the virus has impacted almost every corner of the world.
The World Health Organization said at a briefing on Wednesday that the number of confirmed cases is expected to surpass 1 million and the death toll to hit 50,000 in the next few days.
And among the global spread, the U.S. has more confirmed cases than any other country.
Detecting some 20-thousand cases a day, the total number of cases has surpassed the 213-thousand mark.
The virus has also infected nearly 100 servicemen and women on the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt as of Wednesday local time.
Nearly a thousand personnel have been removed from the ship, including all of those who were tested.
The ship's captain expects to evacuate another 1,700 crew members over the next couple of days but emphasized that he will not remove all the sailors as they are on military duty.
In Europe, France is having a hard time testing patients with symptomsdue to a lack of test kits.
Tests are done selectively on medical staff and those in critical condition.
The French government says there is a limit of 12-thousand tests a day.
As of Thursday the total number of COVID-19 cases in France has risen to more than 57-thousand.
Italy saw fewer coronavirus deaths on Wednesday but the number of new cases continues to grow.
The death toll in Italy climbed by 727 to more than 13-thousand on Wednesday, a significantly smaller increase than that seen on Tuesday and the lowest daily tally since March 26th.
However, the number of new cases rose more sharply than a day earlier, growing by 4,782 bringing total infections to some 1-hundred and ten thousand cases.
Given the severity of the situation, Italy has extended its stringent containment measures for another two weeks.
Choi Jeong-yoon, Arirang News.