- As the death toll of the Coronavirus keeps increasing, experts fear that the worse could happen
- Some experts believe that more than half of the world's population could be affected
- The coronavirus has taken hundreds of lives and infected thousands
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Health experts around the globe have warned that the deadly coronavirus epidemic could grip about two-thirds of the world’s population if it is not duly controlled.
Most experts believe that each person infected can go on to transmit coronavirus to about 2.5 other people — creating an “attack rate” of 60 to 80 percent.
The coronavirus epidemic could grip about two-thirds of the world’s population if the deadly bug is not controlled, a top public health official said.
Another expert predicted that cases in China could peak this month and fade away by April 2020.
Professor Gabriel Leung, chair of public health medicine at Hong Kong University, told the Guardian even with a general fatality rate as low as 1 percent, there could still be a massive global death toll.
Meanwhile, experts are attempting to map out the likely course of the illness, Leung told the Guardian.
“Is 60 to 80 per cent of the world’s population going to get infected?” he said. “Maybe not. Maybe this will come in waves. Maybe the virus is going to attenuate its lethality because it certainly doesn’t help it if it kills everybody in its path because it will get killed as well.
Sixty per cent of the world’s population is an awfully big number,” he said.
A total of 1,017 people have died of coronavirus in China, where a total of 42,708 cases have been reported, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
Only 319 cases have been confirmed in 24 other countries and territories outside mainland China, WHO and Chinese health officials said.
In other news, former president John Mahama has recounted how projects he started during his tenure in office as president have been abandoned by the Akufo-Addo-led government.
According to Class FM report, he stated that he would continue and complete all unfinished projects of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) if he wins the 2020 elections and becomes president again.
He made this known while interacting with fisherfolk from the Western Region when they paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Accra.
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