And it goes on and on. In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, the world is not at the end of its difficulties, which is “far from over”warned World Health Organization (WHO) Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday, July 12. “The virus is making a breakthrough, we must push it back”said the doctor.
“As hospitalizations and transmission of Covid-19 increase, governments must implement proven measures such as mask wearing, improved ventilation and screening and treatment protocols.”he added.
The number of Covid-19 cases worldwide has risen by 30% in the past two weeks, driven mainly by Omicron’s BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants, said Dr. Michael Ryan, Chief Emergency Officer, WHO.
As of July 11, WHO has identified more than 552.5 million confirmed cases since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide, including 232.3 million in Europe, with more than 6.3 million deaths. According to Our World in Data, as of the same date, 61.3% of the world’s population has received the full vaccination schedule, while 66.8% have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Thus, the UN agency has announced that the Covid-19 pandemic will be maintained at this level “Public health emergency of international concern”the organization’s highest alert level by unanimous decision of the Committee Covid-19 emergency. The latter points to the decline in screening and genome sequencing that makes “Harder and harder” Impact assessment and highlights of Sars-CoV-2 variants “inadequacy of current supervision” from the pandemic.
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