The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the number of deaths from coronavirus in the world could reach two million before the release of effective vaccine. This prediction was made by the head of the WHO emergency department, Dr. Mike Ryan, BBC reports.
Dr. Mike Ryan drew attention to the marked spike in cases of coronavirus in Europe in recent days.
"Overall within that very large region, we are seeing worrying increases of the disease," Dr. Ryan said.
Asked whether two million fatalities worldwide was possible before a vaccine became available, Dr. Ryan answered: "It's not impossible."
He urged Europeans to ask themselves whether they had done enough to avoid the need for lockdowns - and whether alternatives, such as testing and tracing, quarantines and social distancing, had been implemented.
Ryan added that fatality rates were dropping as treatments for the disease improve.
But better treatments and even effective vaccines might not be enough on their own to prevent deaths surpassing two million, he said.
"Are we prepared to do what it takes to avoid that number?" Dr Ryan asked, calling on governments to do everything to control Covid-19.
"Unless we do it all, the number you speak about is not only imaginable, but unfortunately and sadly, very likely."
As it was reported earlier, nearly a million people have died from Covid-19 worldwide since the disease first appeared in China at the end of last year.
The number of people affected by the Covid -19 infection continues to grow: currently, there are 32 million patients worldwide.