100M COVID-19 cases worldwide
The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide is expected to reach 100 million this week, Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
"A year ago today, fewer than 1,500 cases of COVID-19 had been reported to WHO, including just 23 cases outside China. This week, we expect to reach 100 million reported cases," Tedros said at a WHO press briefing on Monday. "Numbers can make us numb to what they represent: every death is someone's parent, someone's partner, someone's child, someone's friend," he added, and called for vaccination of health workers and older people to be underway in all countries within the first 100 days of 2021.
According to a new report from the International Labor Organization, which analyzes the impact of the pandemic on the global labor market, some 8.8% of global working hours were lost in 2020, resulting in a decline in global labor income equivalent to $3.7 trillion.