World COVID-19 tally crosses 23 million; WHO says pandemic will go in two years

August 22, 2020 0 By FM

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the world may be able to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic in less than two years from now.  The apex healthcare advisory body of the world, however, warns that this timeframe may be possible if the world uses all the available tools to fight the pandemic optimally and also by using additional tools such as vaccines.  

The WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that it is possible to “get rid of the coronavirus” in “less than 2 years”, faster than the 1918 Spanish Flu, which is considered the deadliest pandemic in modern history, by “utilising the available tools to the maximum and using additional tools like vaccines.”

There are already 23,121,146 positive cases of COVID-19 reported in the world.  The US has the highest caseload at 5,796,727, followed by Brazil at 3,536,488 and India, which reported a total of 29,732,88 infection cases so far after the first case was registered in Kerala in January this year. 

The country saw 68,682 new positive cases on Friday. About 958 deaths were also reported on the day taking the number of total fatalities due to the pandemic to 55,858. According to data from the Health Ministry, the active cases in the country currently stands at 6,991,82 while the total recoveries were 22,181,78. 

On Friday, at least four states registered their highest single-day spike in infections including Bengal (3,245), Gujarat (1,204), Haryana (1,203) and Madhya Pradesh (1,147). Maharashtra added over 14,000 cases on Friday with 14,161 positives taking the state’s Covid-19 tally past the 6.5 lakh mark reaching 6,574,50. Tamil Nadu stands the second most affected state with total 3,67,430 cases followed by Andra Pradesh with 3,34,940