- More than 102,000 people have recovered from COVID-19 around the world.
- There have been more than 390,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally.
- The World Health Organization calls for more aggressive action to stem the spread.
The world has passed another coronavirus milestone, with more than 100,000 patients now successfully recovered from the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The actual figure is likely to be higher, with the data only covering confirmed cases.
The overall death rate also remains low at fewer than 5% of those that have been infected.
China, which bore the brunt of the initial outbreak, is now leading the way with recoveries. Of the more than 390,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, more than 80,000 were in China and the large majority of those people have recovered, the interactive map shows.
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Although Italy comes after China in terms of confirmed cases, it ranks third, behind Iran, in terms of number of recoveries. It also maintains the highest number of deaths from the virus, almost double the number of people that died in China’s Hubei province.
What is the World Economic Forum doing about the coronavirus outbreak?
Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic requires global cooperation among governments, international organizations and the business community, which is at the centre of the World Economic Forum’s mission as the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.
Since its launch on 11 March, the Forum’s COVID Action Platform has brought together 1,667 stakeholders from 1,106 businesses and organizations to mitigate the risk and impact of the unprecedented global health emergency that is COVID-19.
The platform is created with the support of the World Health Organization and is open to all businesses and industry groups, as well as other stakeholders, aiming to integrate and inform joint action.
As an organization, the Forum has a track record of supporting efforts to contain epidemics. In 2017, at our Annual Meeting, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was launched – bringing together experts from government, business, health, academia and civil society to accelerate the development of vaccines. CEPI is currently supporting the race to develop a vaccine against this strand of the coronavirus.
Across the world, new cases continue to be reported at a rate of more than 40,000 per day, underscoring the importance of following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) advice on combating the virus, including practicing social distancing.
The UK is the latest country to put its citizens in lockdown, banning public gatherings of more than two people and warning citizens to stay indoors and only venture out for essential supplies.
At a briefing on Monday, WHO officials stressed the need for aggressive measures to fight the virus, noting the the disease's quick acceleration.