The World Health Organization (WHO) expects that global coronavirus cases will reach a total of ten million next week, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a briefing in Geneva on Wednesday.
“We expect to reach a total of ten million cases within the next week,” he said.
The WHO Director-General added that more than 9.1 million COVID-19 cases and more than 470,000 deaths had been already reported to the WHO.
BEIJING, CHINA – JUNE 16: Chinese epidemic control workers from a local hospital wear protective suit and masks while waiting to register people for a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 at a testing center on June 16, 2020 in Beijing, China.
Authorities are trying to contain the outbreak linked to the Xinfadi wholesale food market, Beijing’s biggest supplier of produce and meat.
Several neighborhoods have been locked down and at least two other food markets were closed, as tens of thousands of people are being urged to get tested for COVID-19 at sites set up around the city.
The outbreak has triggered fears of a second wave of infection after 56 straight days with no domestically transmitted cases in the capital.
More than 8,000 vendors and staff at Xinfadi have already been tested, according to city officials, who are using contact tracing to reach an estimated 200,000 people who have visited the market since May 30.
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