The spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus by people not showing symptoms “appears to be rare,” a World Health Organization [WHO] official said on Monday of this week.
“We’re constantly looking at this data, and we’re trying to get more information from countries to truly answer this question,” she added. “It still appears to be rare that an asymptomatic individual actually transmits onward.”
As of Monday afternoon, over 7 million Covid-19 coronavirus cases have been diagnosed worldwide, with over 1.9 million of them in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University data.
This comes as the head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned that the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic was worsening globally, even as the situation in Europe was improving. The WHO cautioned that many countries and individuals were letting down their guard which could worsen the situation overall.
Tedros noted that about 75 percent of cases reported to the U.N. health agency on Sunday came from 10 countries in the Americas and South Asia. He noted that over 100,000 cases have been reported in nine of the past 10 days — and the 136,000 cases reported Sunday was the biggest number so far.
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