Ebola death toll rises to 2,296 with 200 in a single day, says WHO
GENEVA: The death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak
in history has jumped by almost 200 in a single day to at least 2,296 and is
already likely to be higher than that, the World Health Organisation said here on
The WHO said it had recorded 4,293 cases in five West
African countries as of Sept. 6, a day after its previous update. But it still
did not have new figures for Liberia, the worst-affected country, suggesting
the true toll is already much higher.
The WHO has said it expects thousands of new cases in
Liberia in the next three weeks. As well as struggling to contain the disease,
the organisation is having difficulty compiling data on the number of cases,
said Sylvie Briand, the director of WHO's department of pandemic and epidemic
“We know that the numbers are under-estimated. We are
currently working to estimate the under-estimation,” Briand told a news
briefing in Geneva. “It’s a war against this virus. It's a very difficult war.
What we try now is to win some battles at least in some places.”
The outbreak began last December and has been
gathering pace for months, but about 60 percent of Liberia's cases and deaths
occurred within the last three weeks, the data showed.
In Guinea and Sierra Leone, the other two countries at
the centre of the outbreak, only 39 percent of cases and around 29 percent of
deaths have occurred in the last three weeks, suggesting they are doing better
at tackling the outbreak.
The new figures also showed two new suspected cases in
Senegal in addition to one previously confirmed case there, but a fall in the
overall number of cases in Nigeria from 22 to 21, as at least one suspected
case turned out not to be Ebola.