New Delhi: The World Health Organisation has claimed that increased antibiotics use in combating the COVID-19 will lead to more deaths as it will strengthen bacterial resistance.  The WHO said that the inappropriate use of antibiotics during the coronavirus crisis would further fuel the trend. Also Read - Containment Zones in Delhi Stand at 455; Door-to-Door Health Survey Completed in COVID Hotspot

Speaking at a virtual press conference, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reportedly said that increased use of antibiotics sin curing COVID-19 or coronavirus will impact the burden of disease and deaths during the pandemic and beyond. He added that only a small proportion of COVID-19 patients needed antibiotics to treat subsequent bacterial infections. Also Read - Assam Launches Door-to-Door COVID-19 Mass Testing in Guwahati Amid Total Lockdown

“The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased use of antibiotics, which ultimately will lead to higher bacterial resistance rates that will impact the burden of disease and deaths during the pandemic and beyond,” news agency AFP quoted the WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as saying. Also Read - Pani Puri Wending Machine Viral: Dispensing Golgappe And Maintaining Hygiene Amid CoronaVirus is OG Innovation!

Meanwhile, the total number of global coronavirus has increased to over 6.2 million, while the death toll has topped 375,000. According to the Johns Hopkins University, the overall number of cases stood at 6,265,496, while the death toll increased to 375,526.

With 1,811,370 confirmed cases and 105,165 deaths, the US currently accounts for the highest number of infections and fatalities in the world, according to the CSSE. In terms of cases, Brazil comes in the second place with 526,447 infections.

(With agency inputs)