Worldwide coronavirus cases jump from 250,000 to 500,000 in a week
New Delhi : Coronavirus cases have crossed the 500,000 mark, doubling in a matter of just one week as the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated.
The total number of global cases was 532,000 at 8:30 am (IST) on March 27 (Friday). The first case of coronavirus was registered in Wuhan Province of China in December last year. Since then it has spread to over 192 countries, killing over 24,000 people. Roughly 120,000 people have recovered from Covid-19.
It is to be noted that the coronavirus cases rose from zero to 250,000 in 4 months and then registered another 250,000 in just a week, showing how gradually it can spread and make things disastrous.
According to data available on Worldometer, China accounts to the maximum number of positive case in a country, while Italy has second-highest number of cases it has the maximum number of deaths in a country. The U.S. has the third most cases of any country in the world with more than 75,200 confirmed cases, Hopkins’ data shows.
WHO officials said Monday that the spread of COVID-19 is picking up speed around the world.
"The pandemic is accelerating," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing from the organization’s Geneva headquarters. "It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach 100,000 cases, 11 days for second 100,000 cases, and just four days for the third 100,000 cases."
On Wednesday, Tedros called the virus “Public Enemy No. 1” and called on countries not to squander any opportunity to save lives with aggressive mitigation measures.
“It’s a dangerous virus. We had been saying to the world the window of opportunity is narrowing and the time to act was actually more than a month ago, two months ago,” he said. “We have overcome many pandemics and crises before. We will overcome this one, too. The question is how large a price we will pay,” he said.
India has imposed a complete lockdown in the nation for 21-days and keeping a close eye on the growth of coronavirus spread.
On Thursday India registered a decline in the number of new cases.