WHO’s chief scientist warns the pandemic isn’t slowing down

Folks queue to obtain coronavirus illness (COVID-19) vaccinations in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, July 5, 2021. REUTERS/Marius Bosch

Coronavirus infections are rising throughout most areas of the world because the delta variant spreads, clear proof that the pandemic isn’t on the wane, mentioned the World Well being Group’s chief scientist.

Whereas vaccination ranges in some international locations are lowering extreme circumstances and hospitalizations, massive elements of the world face oxygen shortages, an absence of hospital beds and better mortality, mentioned the WHO’s Soumya Swaminathan in an interview with Bloomberg Tv.

“Within the final 24 hours, near 500,000 new circumstances have been reported and about 9,300 deaths — now that’s not a pandemic that’s slowing down,” Swaminathan mentioned.

Circumstances are rising in 5 of six WHO areas, and mortality charges in Africa have jumped by 30% to 40% in two weeks, mentioned Swaminathan. The primary cause for the will increase are the fast-spreading delta variant, gradual vaccination rollouts globally and the relief of security measures like masks mandates and bodily distancing guidelines.

The WHO this week urged governments to watch out when reopening in order to not put in danger the positive aspects made. In England, remaining authorized restrictions are set to be eliminated on July 19, and measures like carrying masks will develop into a private selection. The U.S. and far of Europe have additionally loosened curbs as circumstances dropped.

“The concept everyone seems to be protected and it’s kumbaya and every thing goes again to regular is a really harmful assumption proper now anyplace on the planet,” Mike Ryan, the pinnacle of the WHO’s well being emergencies program, mentioned in a media briefing on Wednesday.

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