WHO Chief Scientists Coronavirus Warning: Pandemic is not

New Delhi: World Health Organization (WHO) chief researcher Soumya Swaminathan said today that coronavirus infections are on the rise in most regions of the world, claiming that the pandemic is not slowing down. “Over the last 24 hours, nearly 500,000 new cases and about 9,300 deaths have been reported – now it’s not a pandemic that is slowing down,” Swaminathan said in an interview with Bloomberg Television.Read also – Gujarat Unlock Latest Covid Guidelines: Night Ban Lifts in 10 Urban Areas from Today; Schools reopen from July 15 | details

Swaminathan said “Cases are rising in five of six WHO regions and mortality in Africa has risen by 30% to 40% in two weeks”, Bloomberg reported. She attributed the delta variant, slow vaccination prevalence globally combined with relaxation in Covid-19 norms as reasons for the increase in cases.

Prior to this, the WHO had suggested that reopening all sectors of the economy could be very dangerous, as it could jeopardize the benefits of fighting the virus.

“The idea that everyone is protected and that it is kumbaya and that everything is going back to normal is a very dangerous assumption right now anywhere in the world,” Bloomberg quoted Mike Ryan, head of the WHO’s health case program, on Wednesday.

Global Covid-19 caseload peaks 185.9 mn

The total global Covid-19 case load has peaked at 185.9 million, while deaths have risen to more than 4 million and vaccinations have risen to over 3.38 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The United States continues to be the hardest hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 33,813,430 and 606,815, respectively, according to the CSSE. In terms of infections, India ranks second with 30,752,950 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (19,020,499), France (5,865,767), Russia (5,664,200), Turkey (5,465,094), Great Britain (5,075,945), Argentina (4,627,537 ), Colombia (4,471,622), Italy (4,268,491), Spain (3,937,192), Germany (3,742,355) and Iran (3,344,122), the CSSE figures showed.

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