Global number of COVID-19 cases exceeds 5 million, WHO predicts second coronavirus surge

Global number of COVID-19 cases exceeds 5 million, WHO predicts second coronavirus surge

The world continues fighting against the novel coronavirus. The World Health Organization predicts the new COVID-19 surge. The third world countries don’t have enough resources to confront the dangerous virus.


Long lines for free meals, unemployment, poverty and despair – coronavirus affected the poorest countries in the world leaving the residents without money. Many African countries were not prepared for the COVID-19 quarantine and its consequences. The countries simply struggle to confront the novel coronavirus - they lack sufficient ventilators and disinfectants. In addition, the quarantine restrictions left many people without income. The first coronavirus cases across Africa were reported in February. To date, there are a total of 65,956 COVID-19 cases. Experts believe that the real numbers might be times bigger due to the fact that many African countries almost don’t conduct coronavirus tests.


Meanwhile, the United States remains the first in the world in terms of COVID-19 cases. The novel coronavirus infected nearly 1.6 million in the country. The total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the U.S. approach 100,000. Russia is the second worst-hit country in the world. The COVID-19 infected 317,000 people in the country.


The dangerous infection spares no one. It was previously reported that the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov was taken to hospital with suspected coronavirus. Brazil, overtaking the United Kingdom, confirmed more than 310,000 cases of coronavirus - the third highest toll in the world. While in the U.S. and Russia, despite the mass testing, the daily increase in coronavirus cases amounts to nearly 10,000, Brazil reports nearly 30,000 new COVID-19 cases daily. Other TOP 10 worst-hit nations in the pandemic in terms of cases number are Spain, Italy, France, Turkey and Iran.


According to the data from the Johns Hopkins University, as of the morning of May 22, reported cases of COVID-19 infection worldwide stand at more than 5.1 million. The novel coronavirus killed 332,900 people in the world. Nearly two million global COVID-19 patients reported to have recovered.


Meanwhile, the WHO officials warn of a second wave of coronavirus infections. The WHO Representative to the Russian Federation Melita Vujnovic said that the danger of the pandemic has not passed yet.


“The pandemic cannot be stopped until it goes through all of the corners of the world. The virus entered every country. Where there is a first wave, there is a second wave. The population must understand that the danger and the risk of contracting the infection haven’t passed yet, therefore it is important to follow safety precautions in any case,” Vujnovic says.