World Health Organisation’s Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan said there was clear evidence that the coronavirus pandemic isn’t slowing down as the slow pace of vaccination and spread of Delta variant across different regions of the world.
As per the latest interview with Bloomberg, Swaminathan said that Coronavirus cases are rising in five out of six WHO regions. Also, the mortality rates in Africa have increased to 30-40 per cent in the last two weeks.
Swaminathan said, “In the last 24 hours, close to 500,000 new cases have reported and about 9,300 deaths — now that’s not a pandemic that’s slowing down.”
However, she listed four major reasons for the continuous spread of the virus. They are the Delta variant, social mixing, ease in lockdown restrictions, and slow pace of vaccination.
She said that people are moving out of their houses and indulging in social mixing, leading to a rise in cases. Additionally, several countries have eased restrictions, even announcing relaxation in safety measures like masking and social distancing.
WHO Chief Scientist Swaminathan said at the time of vaccination levels in some countries have reduced severe Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations, there are also parts of the world that still face oxygen shortages, lack of hospital beds, and higher mortality rate.