On April 12, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, but it can be controlled for months with a number of public health measures.
To date, about 780 million vaccines have been used globally, but measures like wearing a mask and keeping a safe distance need to be in place to turn things around.
“We also want to see societies and economies reopen, tourism and commerce reopened,” Mr. Tedros said during a press conference. “But for now, intensive care (ICU) areas in many countries are overwhelmed with many deaths – and that’s completely avoidable.”
“The COVID19 pandemic is far from over. But we have many reasons for optimism. The decline in morbidity and mortality in the first 2 months of 2021 suggests that the virus and its variants could be prevented, ” he added.
The spread of the disease was driven by “confusion, complacency and inconsistency in public health measures.”
India has surpassed Brazil to become the country with the second highest number of infections worldwide after the US, as it faces its second largest wave, with about 105 million doses of vaccine in use. in a country with 1.4 billion people.
WHO Team Leader on COVID-19, Maria van Kerkhove said: “We are at a critical point in the pandemic, its trajectory is growing for the seventh week in a row.”
Noting that the number of infections increased 9% last week, which is the 7th consecutive week, while the number of deaths increased by 5%, she added: “If you look at the pandemic curve and the trajectory of pandemic right now, you’ll see that it’s growing exponentially.”
According to Mr. Tedros, in some countries, although the epidemic is still raging, restaurants and nightclubs are still crowded, markets are still open, and people are not raising their opinion. stay alert.
He said: “Some people seem to be taking an approach that, if they are relatively young, it doesn’t matter whether they have COVID-19 or not.”
According to Reuters,