World health officials say the global death rate for the disease caused by the new strain of Coronavirus is 3.4%, higher than the previous estimate of 2%.
“Globally, about 3.4% of people infected with Covid-19 have been confirmed dead,” World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference at his headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Si, March 4.
By comparison, the mortality rate for seasonal flu is usually less than 1%.
The new figure is likely to account for the rapidly rising number of infections and deaths outside China, especially in South Korea, Iran and Italy, according to the New York Times.
“While many people around the globe are already immune to seasonal influenza strains, Covid-19 is a new virus that no one is immune to,” meaning more people can become infected and some will become seriously ill, he said. Tedros said.
The new corona virus does not spread as easily as the flu, but “causes more illness,” the WHO leader said.
WHO said last week that the mortality rate of Covid-19, the name of the disease caused by the new corona virus strain, ranged from 0.7 to 4%, depending on the quality of the health system in which patients were treated. . In the first weeks after the outbreak, scientists once concluded that the mortality rate was 2.3%.
Data from the Chinese government so far shows Covid-19’s death rate in this country is about 3.7%, with the majority of deaths in Hubei, concentrated in the provincial capital of Wuhan, where the outbreak The disease broke out in December of last year.
In a press conference on 3 March, WHO officials said they were still not sure how Covid-19 “behaved” but thought it was not flu-like. They added that although people already know a lot about seasonal flu, such as the way it is spread and treat, those questions still don’t answer to the new strain of corona virus.
“This is a unique virus with unique characteristics. This virus is not influenza,” Tedros said on March 2. “We are in a territory that has never appeared on a map.”
Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s emergency medical program, said the new strain of corona virus did not spread in the same way as the flu and health officials only saw the “dim light gap” in controlling the virus.