COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has killed more than 100,000 people worldwide, with about 50,000 people killed in the past one week alone.
As of Friday afternoon, more than 100,300 people had died from the disease and over 1.6 million people had been infected while 368,000 had fully recovered, according to data collated from Johns Hopkins University.
In the United States, more than 18,000 people have now been killed by the coronavirus, according to statistics site Worldometers.
In Africa, the number of infections remain below 10,000 and the number of fatalities is above 500.
But the WHO warned on Friday that the virus was spreading in rural areas.
WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said WHO has observed the spread of the coronavirus to rural areas in more than 16 countries in Africa, and warned of “severe hardship for already overstretched health systems, particularly in rural areas, which normally lack the resources of those in cities.”
“As Dr Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, said yesterday, this means countries need to localize the response, by urgently strengthening the existing public health and primary health care infrastructure in countries. The recent meeting of the G20 countries expressed strong support for Africa, which must be expedited even though the numbers in Africa are still relatively small but accelerating.”