World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Doctor Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on Monday there were now cases in almost every country. He added: “It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach the first 100,000 cases. Eleven days for the second 100,000 and just four days for the third 100,000”.
One Twitter following wrote: “You are talking about reported cases here, don’t forget there are so many hidden cases around without ever tested and reported.
“Medical resources around the world are stretching to their limits now. My suspicion is that there are 10 times as many cases.”
Another tweeted: “Perhaps there are hidden cases before the virus is discovered. The worldwide testing also contributes to the sharp rise while we could assure the COVID-19 is highly infectious.”
The World Health Organisation, WHO, has described the spread of coronavirus around the world as “accelerating”.
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Case numbers worldwide have reached 350,000.
More than 16,000 people have died after being infected with coronavirus.
Doctor Ghebreyesus added he would be asking leaders around the world to take on the virus more aggressively and boost production of protective equipment for healthcare workers.
The WHO wants governments to boost production of protective equipment.
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The UK Government ordered pubs and restaurants to close on Friday night and asked citizens to limit social contact as much as possible to slow the spread of the virus.
And health secretary Matt Hancock criticised people who flout social distancing rules as “selfish” and warned the country could put even stricter restrictions in place.
Mr Hancock told Sky News: “This is not the sort of thing that anybody would want to do but, of course, it is the sort of thing we might have to do in order to protect life.
“If you do go out, you must not get closer than two metres from someone who isn’t in your household.”
He added: “It is a really simple rule and incredibly important because to protect life and the NHS we need to stop the spread of this virus and the virus spreads by people coming into close contact with each other.”
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While new infections and deaths from the virus appear to be slowing in Italy, new cases surged Tuesday in Spain, where more than 6,000 new cases and over 500 new deaths were reported.
In the US, the virus has infected more than 50,206 people.
New York state, which has 25,665 confirmed cases as of Tuesday, according to governor Andrew Cuomo, accounts for nearly half of all cases in the US.
However, the number of actual cases in the country is likely significantly higher, officials have acknowledged.
Testing in the US has been hampered by delays and a restrictive diagnostic criteria that limited who could get tested.
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