Recent statistics reveal an alarming upsurge in the number of COVID-19 cases globally.
A tally released by John Hopkins University on Thursday indicates that over one million infections have been recorded globally.
22% of these cases were reported in the United States. Italy and Spain accounts for 11% while China, the known origin of the pandemic reported only 8% of the total cases.
Fatality rate is believed to be over 5% with over 51,000 deaths globally despite the social and economic lockdown imposed in some parts of the world.
Some teaching hospitals in Europe express misgivings that the critically ill might be deprived of essential medicines if the number of confirmed cases surge.