Since the start of April, an average of 80,000 confirmed coronavirus cases has been reported each day, according to the World Health Organization. To date, the total caseload has surpassed 3.5 million, with nearly 25,000 deaths.
Although numbers are declining in Western Europe, more cases are being reported from Eastern Europe, Africa, South East Asia, and Eastern Mediterranean and the Americas. Moreover, despite the rising number in confirmed cases, the caseload may be appended to the ramped-up testing.
“But these are not just numbers – every single case is a mother, a father, a son, a daughter, a brother, sister or friend”states WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“It’s not good in terms of seeing cases, in terms of transmission, but I don’t want to equate that with something (being) wrong. I want to equate that with countries are working very hard to increase their ability to find the virus, to find people with the virus, to have testing in place to identify who has COVID-19, and putting into place what they need to do to care for those patients,” states Dr. Maria van Kerkhove of WHO’s Emerging Disease and Zoonoses Unit. Read more: Average of 80,000 COVID-19 new cases a day in April: UN Health Agency.