More COVID-19 cases, deaths reported in the rest of world than in China: WHO

By: AFP      Published: 09:12 PM, 16 Mar, 2020
More COVID-19 cases, deaths reported in the rest of world than in China: WHO
Undertakers wearing a face mask unload a coffin out of a hearse on March 16, 2020 at the Monumental cemetery of Bergamo, Lombardy, as burials of people who died of the new coronavirus are being conducted at the rhythm of one every half hour. AFP

There have now been more COVID-19 cases and deaths in the rest of the world than in China, the World Health Organization said Monday.

"More cases and deaths have now been reported in the rest of the world than in China," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva, without providing the latest numbers.

According to an AFP tally based on official sources, more than 169,710 cases have been recorded in 142 countries and territories. The death toll stood at 6,640.

The worst affected countries in terms of fatalities are mainland China, with 3,213 deaths, Italy with 1,809 deaths, 853 in Iran and 297 in Spain.

The World Health Organization also called Monday for every single suspected case of COVID-19 to be tested in a bid to halt the deadly pandemic.

"You cannot fight a fire blindfolded," WHO chief told reporters in Geneva, saying the WHO recommended that countries "Test, test, test. Test every suspected case."