NEW YORK: The worldwide death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic has risen to 170,634 on Tuesday.
More than 2,491,325 declared cases have been registered in 193 countries and territories while 653,722 are now considered recovered.
In the United States, the death toll stood at 42,518 with 792,938 infections. It is followed by Spain with 20,852 fatalities and 200,210 confirmed infections, France with 20,265 deaths and 155,383 infections and Britain with 16,509 deaths and 124,743 cases.
Lifting lockdown doesn’t signal end of coronavirus
The World Health Organization (WHO) has reaffirmed its stance on the lifting of lockdown measures aimed at protecting the public against the spread of coronavirus.
Talking to newsmen, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus emphasized that easing restrictions was not the end of the epidemic in any country.
The WHO Director General said it had repeatedly prioritized the ramping up of production and distribution of COVID-19 tests.
WHO welcomes global work for COVID-19 vaccine
The WHO has welcomed efforts to develop a vaccine to counter COVID-19 in different parts of the world.
WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the organization is working to accelerate the development of a vaccine to beat the novel coronavirus and it will announce the initiative as soon as possible in the next few days.