India’s COVID-19 state of affairs stays massively regarding, with a number of states persevering with to see a worrying variety of circumstances, hospitalisations and deaths, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned on Friday, warning that the pandemic’s second 12 months might be “way more lethal” than the primary for the world.
Ghebreyesus added that the WHO is responding to the COVID-19 surge in India and has shipped hundreds of oxygen concentrators, tents for cellular area hospitals, masks and different medical provides.
“India stays massively regarding, with a number of states persevering with to see a worrying variety of circumstances, hospitalisations and deaths,” he mentioned on the day by day media briefing.
“And we thank all of the stakeholders who’re supporting India,” the WHO Director-Normal mentioned.
India is within the midst of a lethal wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with 3,43,144 individuals testing constructive for the virus on Friday, taking the nation’s caseload to 2,40,46,809. The loss of life rely stands at 2,62,317.
India’s COVID-19 tally crossed the 10 million mark on December 19 and in beneath six months it has doubled, surpassing the grim milestone of 20 million circumstances on Might 4.
Ghebreyesus identified that the emergency-like state of affairs was not restricted to India.
“Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Egypt are simply a few of the international locations which are coping with spikes in circumstances and hospitalisations,” he mentioned including that some international locations within the Americas nonetheless have excessive numbers of circumstances and as a area, the Americas accounted for 40 per cent of all COVID-19 deaths final week.
There are additionally spikes in some international locations in Africa. “These international locations are in heightened response mode and WHO will proceed to supply help in all methods doable,” he mentioned.
Noting that COVID-19 has already value greater than 3.Three million lives the world over, Ghebreyesus mentioned, “We’re on monitor for the second 12 months of this pandemic to be way more lethal than the primary.”
He lamented that vaccine provide stays a key problem and that saving lives and livelihoods with a mixture of public well being measures and vaccination – not one or the opposite – is the one approach out of the pandemic.
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