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Covid-19 pandemic ‘nowhere near over’: WHO chief warns

According to Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, the recent increase in the number of newly reported Covid-19 cases has been largely driven by Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. file pic

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is “nowhere near over” as the number of new cases worldwide has risen by 30 per cent in the last two weeks, cautioned the World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recently.

“I am concerned that cases of Covid-19 continue to rise — putting further pressure on stretched health systems and health workers. I am also concerned about the increasing trend of deaths,” WHO Director-General Ghebreyesus told journalists at Geneva on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

According to Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, the recent increase in the number of newly reported Covid-19 cases has been largely driven by Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, and by the lifting of public health and social measures. Recent changes in testing policies have also been hindering the detection of new cases and the monitoring of the evolution of the virus, he said.

Last Friday, the WHO’s Emergency Committee concluded that the emergency that the virus remains a public health of international concern (PHEIC) and warned of several interlinked challenges.

For instance, though Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 continue to drive the new waves of infections, hospitalizations and deaths around the world, surveillance – including testing and sequencing — has dropped significantly, making it increasingly difficult to assess the impact of variants on transmission and the effect of countermeasures.

“New waves of the virus demonstrate again that Covid-19 is nowhere near over, and the virus is running freely and countries are not effectively managing the disease burden based on their capacity,” Tedros said.

He urged like to deploy tried and tested measures masking, improved ventilation and test and treat protocols, while reviewing anding Covid-19 response plans based on the current epidemiology and also the potential for new variants to appear.

Also read: Australia’s major cruise ship sparks Covid-19 outbreak

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According to Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, the recent increase in the number of newly reported Covid-19 cases has been largely driven by Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5


Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus d

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. file pic

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is “nowhere near over” as the number of new cases worldwide has risen by 30 per cent in the last two weeks, cautioned the World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recently.

“I am concerned that cases of Covid-19 continue to rise — putting further pressure on stretched health systems and health workers. I am also concerned about the increasing trend of deaths,” WHO Director-General Ghebreyesus told journalists at Geneva on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

According to Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, the recent increase in the number of newly reported Covid-19 cases has been largely driven by Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, and by the lifting of public health and social measures. Recent changes in testing policies have also been hindering the detection of new cases and the monitoring of the evolution of the virus, he said.

Last Friday, the WHO’s Emergency Committee concluded that the emergency that the virus remains a public health of international concern (PHEIC) and warned of several interlinked challenges.

For instance, though Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 continue to drive the new waves of infections, hospitalizations and deaths around the world, surveillance – including testing and sequencing — has dropped significantly, making it increasingly difficult to assess the impact of variants on transmission and the effect of countermeasures.

“New waves of the virus demonstrate again that Covid-19 is nowhere near over, and the virus is running freely and countries are not effectively managing the disease burden based on their capacity,” Tedros said.

He urged like to deploy tried and tested measures masking, improved ventilation and test and treat protocols, while reviewing anding Covid-19 response plans based on the current epidemiology and also the potential for new variants to appear.

Also read: Australia’s major cruise ship sparks Covid-19 outbreak

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Midday accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever


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