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10% of the world may have been infected by Covid-19, WHO official says

October 6, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Health care workers greet people as they arrive at a temporary drive-through COVID-19 testing site at East Orange District Park on October 1, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Governor Ron DeSantis announced this week that Florida will receive 400,000 rapid-test kits a week that can be used to detect COVID-19 infections at schools, senior centers and long-term care facilities. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The novel coronavirus may have infected about one in 10 people globally, meaning the majority of the world remains vulnerable to Covid-19, a World Health Organization official has said.

(CNN)The novel coronavirus may have infected about one in 10 people globally, meaning the majority of the world remains vulnerable to Covid-19, a World Health Organization official has said.

"Our current best estimates tell us that about 10% of the global population may have been infected by this virus," Dr. Mike Ryan, director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, said at a WHO executive board meeting Monday.

With a global population of about 7. 7 billion people, Ryan's estimate would mean about 770 million have been infected -- but most have not been diagnosed or counted.

The disease continues to spread," Ryan said.

Only four European countries are now measuring below a crucial level of Covid-19 cases, according the latest figures Monday, with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control's (ECDC) warning in its latest risk assessment the risk of Covid-19 is high, with a very high probability of infection, while vulnerable individuals face a "very high impact" from the disease.

The last time the US saw more than 50,000 cases back to back was in mid-August, and the country's leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned that the country is still behind on testing.

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