Coronavirus has infected 10% of world population in ‘best estimate’, WHO expert warns

Around 10 per cent of the global population may have been infected with coronavirus, a World Health Organisation expert has said.

The head of emergencies at the World Health Organization said Monday the agency’s “best estimates” indicate roughly 1 in 10 people worldwide may have been infected by the coronavirus—more than 20 times the number of confirmed cases—and warned of a difficult period ahead.

The disease continues to spread. It is on the rise in many parts of the world. Our current best estimates tell us that about 10 percent of the global population may have been infected by this virus.

Dr. Michael Ryan, WHO