GENEVA — The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the global coronavirus death toll could hit two million before an effective vaccine is widely used.
WHO emergencies head Mike Ryan on Friday said the figure could be even higher without concerted international action, the BBC reported.
The number of Covid-19 deaths is fast approaching one million – nine months after the outbreak started in China.
Ryan also urged Europeans to ask themselves whether they had done enough to avoid the need for lockdowns.
He questioned whether all the alternatives had been implemented, like testing and tracing, quarantine, isolation, social distancing, wearing masks and hand-washing.
Earlier, Spain’s capital Madrid brought another eight districts under tougher coronavirus restrictions, which now affect a million people in the city.
In France, staff from bars and restaurants in the southern city Marseille protested against the closure of their workplaces which was brought in on Saturday.
And in the UK, tougher restrictions were announced in several regions as new daily infections rise.
Global Covid-19 cases cross 32.4mn
The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 32.4 million, while the deaths have increased to more than 987,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 32,471,119 and the fatalities rose to 987,593, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.
The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 7,032,524 and 203,657, respectively, according to the CSSE.
India comes in the second place in terms of cases at 5,818,570, while the country’s death toll soared to 92,290.
The other top 15 countries with the maximum amount of cases are Brazil (4,689,613), Russia (1,131,088), Colombia (798,317), Peru (794,584), Mexico (720,858), Spain (716,481), Argentina (691,235), South Africa (668,529), France (552,421), Chile (453,868), Iran (439,882), the UK (425,766), Bangladesh (356,767), Iraq (341,699) and Saudi Arabia (332,329), the CSSE figures showed.
Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 140,537.
The countries with a death toll above 10,000 are Mexico (75,844), the UK (42,025), Italy (35,801), Peru (32,037), France (31,675), Spain (31,232), Iran (25,222), Colombia (25,103), Russia (19,973), South Africa (16,312), Argentina (15,208), Chile (12,527), Ecuador (11,236) and Indonesia (10,218).