A plane carrying medical equipment and health officials from China arrived in Serbia, Friday, March 20, to provide help to Serbian authorities tackling the spread of COVID-19. Serbia reported 135 COVID-19 infections, and one death.
READ MORE: The World Health Organization reported late Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic was continuing to move swiftly around the world, with the number of cases exceeding 267,000, including more than 11,000 deaths.
Health officials said infections were accelerating at a faster pace than ever. They noted it took three months for the world to reach the first 100,000 cases of the deadly disease, but only 12 days to reach the next 100,000.
World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus lamented this latest tragic milestone in a pandemic that has a long way to run before it is stopped.
At the same time, he noted that Wuhan, China, the original epicenter of the disease, reported no new cases Thursday for the first time since the outbreak started. He said this provided hope that even the most severe situation could be turned around.