Global COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 150,000, World Bank says Sub-Saharan Africa to go in a Recession

  • The total death toll in the world from the COVID-19 pandemic has crossed the 150,000-mark. Around 2.2 million confirmed COVID-19 infection cases have been reported from 193 countries and territories, as per WHO data. Reports say that the total number of confirmed infection cases may reflect just a fraction of the actual infection cases as many countries are testing only the serious cases and not the milder ones. A new Stanford University study testing Silicon Valley residents for viral antibodies suggests that the actual number of confirmed COVID-19 cases may likely be 50-times higher than the official figures. A World Bank report published on Thursday suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to cost the sub-Saharan African region by anything from $37 billion to $79 billion “in output losses for 2020 due to a combination of effects”. With agricultural production and food imports highly disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Bank warns of a potential food security crisis in Africa.