On Monday, the WHO Director-General, Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the complication and devastation of Covid-19 is a long way from over. He elaborated that it can be brought under control in months with proven public health measures. Thus, as far some 780 million have been administered globally. Certainly, desired measures including wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing are required to be applied to reverse the trajectory.
“We too want to see societies and economies reopening, and travel and trade resuming,” Tedros told in a press briefing. Further, he continued, “But right now, intensive care units in many countries are overflowing and people are dying – and it’s totally avoidable. The COVID19 pandemic is a long way from over. But we have many reasons for optimism. The decline in cases and deaths during the first two months of the year shows that this virus and its variants can be stopped,” he added. The Director also said “Some people appear to be taking the approach that if they’re relatively young, it doesn’t matter if they get COVID-19”.
According to Mr. Tedros, the transmission is being driven by “confusion, complacency and inconsistency in public health measures.” However, India has now occupied the place of Brazil and has turned to be the nation with the second highest number of infections worldwide after the United States. As the world fights a massive second wave, 105 million vaccine doses of vaccine have been given among a population of 1.4 billion. “We are at a critical point in the pandemic now, the trajectory of this pandemic is growing for the 7th week in a row,” told the WHO team leader on COVID-19, Maria van Kerkhove.
Notably, there had been a 9% increase in positive Covid cases last week. The seventh consecutive week of increases, and a 5% rise in deaths. Maria van Kerkhove further clarified , “If you look at the epi (epidemic) curve and the trajectory of the pandemic right now, it is growing exponentially”.