Covid-19 has caused more mass trauma than WW2: WHO chief

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. (Photo courtesy: CNBC)

(, Mar06’21) – The spread of the Covid-19 infection which became a global pandemic because China brutally suppressed information about its outbreak in the city of Wuhan in late 2019 has caused more “mass trauma” than World War II, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said Mar 5.

“The world has experienced mass trauma because World War Two affected many, many lives,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said at a virtual press conference. And now, even with this Covid pandemic, with bigger magnitude, more lives have been affected, almost the whole world is affected.”

The pandemic-induced mass trauma is “beyond proportion and even bigger than what the world experienced” after the Second World War, The WHO chief was reported to have added.


Meanwhile India reported a big increase in daily new cases this morning. For the first time in 55 days – since Jan 9 – the country reported over 18,000 new cases in 24 hours, even as the worst-hit state of Maharashtra added more than 10,000 fresh infections, the highest since Oct 17, noted the Mar 6.

active cases registered an increase for the fourth consecutive day, PTI cited India’s Health Ministry as saying Mar 6.

And at 312, India’s capital Delhi reported the highest number of daily incidences in nearly one-and-a-half months yesterday, noted the Mar 5.

The latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that there were 18,327 new Covid-19 cases and 108 new deaths in the country in the past 24 hours as of Mar 06 at 8 AM, taking their cumulative totals to 11,192,088 cases and 157,656 deaths respectively.

A total of 10,854,128, or 96.98%, had recovered while the number of active cases was 180,304, or 1.61% of the total. The case fatality was at 1.41%. The percentage of recoveries and actives cases have continued to worsen in recent days.

The latest daily number of new cases, at 18,327, was more than the daily number of those who had recovered, at 14,234, leading to an increase in the number of active cases by 3,985.

Fifteen states – one less than yesterday – have reported 100 or more new cases in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (10,216), Kerala (2,776), Punjab (808), Karnataka (677), Tamil Nadu (543), Gujarat (515), Madhya Pradesh (457), Delhi (312), Chattisgarh (274), Haryana (233), West Bengal (255), Telangana (170), Rajasthan (195), Uttar Pradesh (127), and Andhra Pradesh (124). 

Seven states have reported 3 or more Covid-19 deaths each in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (53), Punjab (11), Kerala (16), Tamil Nadu (5), Karnataka (4), Chattisgarh (3), and Delhi (3). The rest of the states have reported 2 or less deaths.

India is currently the country with the world’s second highest number of Covid-19 cases and the fourth highest number of deaths in cumulative numbers.


Across the world the number of Covid-19 cases totaled 116,169,119 and the deaths 2,582,075, according to the tally of Johns Hopkins University as of 4:54 PM on Mar 06, 2021.


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