GENEVA

COVID-19 is accelerating rapidly globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday, with Europe and the United States the main drivers of 85% of the cases in the past 24 hours.

“The outbreak is accelerating very rapidly, and the case number we have received overnight will put that up considerably,” WHO spokeswoman Dr. Margaret Harris said at a briefing held online by the UN in Geneva.

The Johns Hopkins University of Medicine put the number of cases worldwide at nearly 384,000, with around 17,000 confirmed deaths.

Harris said: “Sadly, the number of deaths will increase considerably.

“So, 85% of

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