Novel coronavirus is 10 times more deadly than swine flu: WHO

Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that Novel Coronavirus is 10 times more deadly than swine flu, also called H1N1, which caused a global pandemic in 2009.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that, we know that COVID-19 spreads fast, and we know that it is deadly, 10 times more deadly than the 2009 flu pandemic.

It said that a safe and effective vaccine would be needed to fully halt the spread of COVID-19, which has killed more than 114,000 people worldwide.

“Our global connectedness means the risk of re-introduction and resurgence of COVID19 will continue,” Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing, stressing that “ultimately, the development and delivery of a safe and effective vaccine will be needed to fully interrupt transmission.”

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