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India’s COVID-19 Situation Hugely Concerning, Says WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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WHO Chief identified that the emergency-like scenario was not restricted to India. (File)

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India’s COVID-19 scenario 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 stated on Friday, warning that the pandemic’s second yr can be “far more deadly” than the primary for the world.

Ghebreyesus added that the WHO is responding to the COVID-19 surge in India and has shipped 1000’s of oxygen concentrators, tents for cellular discipline hospitals, masks and different medical provides.
“India remains hugely concerning, with several states continuing to see a worrying number of cases, hospitalisations and deaths,” he stated on the every day media briefing.

“And we thank all the stakeholders who are supporting India,” the WHO Director-General stated.

India is within the midst of a lethal wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with 3,43,144 folks testing optimistic for the virus on Friday, taking the nation’s caseload to 2,40,46,809. The loss of life depend 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 May 4.

Ghebreyesus identified that the emergency-like scenario was not restricted to India.

“Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Egypt are just some of the countries that are dealing with spikes in cases and hospitalisations,” he stated including that some nations 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 nations in Africa. “These countries are in heightened response mode and WHO will continue to provide support in all ways possible,” he stated.

Noting that COVID-19 has already price greater than 3.Three million lives internationally, Ghebreyesus stated, “We’re on track for the second year of this pandemic to be far more deadly than the first.”

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 method out of the pandemic.

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