“The coronavirus could affect 60% of the world population”
The new coronavirus epidemic may well affect nearly 60% of the world's population.
This is what Professor Gabriel Leung, a famous Hong Kong epidemiologist, claims in the British newspaper The Guardian. The specialist, who played a major role in the SARS epidemic in 2002-2003, believes that some countries should adopt containment measures similar to those taken by China, from where the virus originated.
Millions of potential deaths
A concern shared by Professor Gabriel Leung, a famous Hong Kong epidemiologist. On the way to the WHO conference, the scientist gave an interview to the Guardian. According to Gabriel Leung, the virus, temporarily named “2019-nCoV”, could affect nearly 60% of the world's population. "A huge number," he says. In fact, if the death rate from this viral pneumonia is currently below 2%, the number of deaths worldwide would be massive.
Gabriel Leung says it is essential to know whether the drastic measures taken by China, which has not hesitated to quarantine some 56 million people, have proven to be effective. In which case, he believes that other countries should consider adopting them. For example, 56 million individuals represent 85% of the entire French population ...
It should be remembered, however, that the authoritarian power in China has been strongly criticized for having delayed reacting to the epidemic and even having reprimanded whistleblowers for "spreading rumors". The death of one of them, a 34-year-old doctor, on Friday resulted in unusual calls for freedom of expression.