PUBLISHED: 04:13, Tue, Sep 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 04:13, Tue, Sep 29, 2020
A WHO official said that it is “very likely” two million people could die across the world from COVID-19 if the pandemic is not properly controlled. In the UK coronavirus cases could hit 50,000 a day by October and 200 daily deaths, according to the Government’s chief scientific advisers.
Dr Mike Ryan, head of emergencies at the WHO, warned it is “not impossible” that another one million people could die as treatments and effective vaccines might not be enough the curb the death toll.
He said: "Are we prepared to do what it takes to avoid that number?
"Unless we do it all, the number you speak about is not only imaginable, but unfortunately and sadly, very likely."
The coronavirus pandemic is now at the same level as the global 1889-90 influenza pandemic.
The UK has the highest death toll in Europe with more than 40,000 reported deaths.
The coronavirus global death toll has surpassed one million (Image: getty)
The COVID-19 global death toll could take another million people’s lives before a vaccine is ready (Image: getty)
But the US and Brazil are the top two nations worst affected by the virus globally.
The US has recorded more than 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus and Brazil more than 100,000.
Experts have warned that an “increase in deaths is inevitable”.
Devi Sridhar, professor of global public health at the University of Edinburgh, told The Telegraph: “Deaths are still going to continue to climb as the number of new cases hasn't levelled off and we haven't reached the peak yet.
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A WHO official said that it is “very likely” two million people could globally from COVID-19 (Image: getty)
“In countries like Brazil, India,