Numbers escalates as WHO gives fresh caution

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The Coronavirus pandemic cases across the world continue to scale high as WHO warns against wearing masks for those not sick.

It’s a month since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), as the number of those infected continue to surge.

Currently, Coronavirus cases globally tally at 786,000, with the death toll running over 37,000 people, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University.

Most affected countries

The United States has the most confirmed cases globally at over 160,700, and more than 3,000 people have died with the New York State recording a death toll of over 1,200.

Italy comes in second with 101,739 cases and at least 11,591 deaths.

Spain tally stands at 85,195 cases with deaths toll growing to at least 7,340.

China comes in third with 82,198 cases and at least 3, 308 deaths.

Recovery

The global epicenter of the virus, is reported to have recovered fully from the pandemic with businesses going back to normal.

The Wuhan province, where the virus outbreak was first reported, has been connected back to other provinces with the government lifting lock down measures.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization officials on Monday said they still recommend people not wear face masks unless they are sick with Covid-19 or caring for someone who is sick.

Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO health emergencies program said wearing masks is yet to report any potential benefit against the virus infection.

"There is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potential benefit. In fact, there's some evidence to suggest the opposite in the misuse of wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly,", said WHO executive director.

He also warned that if the entire population wears masks, the current global shortage will be worse.

"There also is the issue that we have a massive global shortage. Right now the people most at risk from this virus are frontline health workers who are exposed to the virus every second of every day. The thought of them not having masks is horrific," said Ryan.

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, an infectious disease epidemiologist with the WHO also said that it is important "we prioritize the use of masks for those who need it most," which would be frontline health care workers.

 

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