Two years have passed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and this virus is still unpredictable and raging. After so much research, studying the virus and witnessing the current situations in some countries, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said, “We cannot afford to take our eye off the ball for this virus”. WHO officials warned that each mutation is providing the virus with the capabilities it needs to become more dangerous and transmissible than it already is, “And this will continue.”
Statement By Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO
Maria Van Kerkhove from WHO said, in the latest conference, “What we can say is as this virus evolves, the latest variants—Omicron and all the sub-lineages—are more transmissible than the last variant circulating and we know that that will continue. There will be more variants of SARS-CoV-2.”
Concluded, “we cannot afford to take our eye off the ball for this virus despite all of the other challenges circulating.”
At the conference WHO officials asserted that we cannot assume that the acute stage of Coronavirus is over, “We live in an interconnected world. And so while some countries may have been able to end the emergency phase of this pandemic, we don’t see that in all countries worldwide. So we need to continue to fight this at a global level.”
COVID Health Reports
A weekly report of the UN Health Agency asserted that around 3.5 million new COVID cases and more than 25,000 deaths are recorded globally, which of course represents the drop.
As per WHO’s report, the biggest surge in COVID cases is seen in China, with a rise of 145 per cent in the last week. This challenges the zero-Covid policy of the country, even the head of the World Health Organisation was bugged on Chinese social media platforms.
WHO chief said, “When we talk about the zero-COVID strategy, we don’t think that it’s sustainable, considering the behaviour of the virus now and what we anticipate in the future.”
According to WHO there are only two regions where the COVID-19 surge is seen, America by 14 per cent rise, and Africa by 12 per cent. And everywhere else the cases remain stable. However, this was also not a sign of relief as WHO said the decrease in cases is only due to the decrease in tests worldwide.