Coronavirus impact will last for decades: WHO

The global coronavirus outbreak is the sort of disaster whose effects will last far into the future, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

“The pandemic is a once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come,” he added.

The UN health agency reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 292,527. The previous WHO record for new cases was 284,196 on July 24.

The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India, and South Africa, according to a daily report. Deaths rose by 6,812.

More than 17.2 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. More than 10 million patients have recovered, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The death toll globally from coronavirus has surpassed 674,000.

The figure is now at 674,038, with the US having the most deaths at 152,074, followed by Brazil with 91,263.