WHO warns of the rise of COVID-19 cases due to the transmissible Omicron variant

WHO warns of the rise of COVID-19 cases due to the transmissible Omicron variant

Geneva: The World Health Organisation (WHO) said in the past six weeks, the global weekly number of reported cases of COVID-19 has almost doubled and warned that deaths are also increasing, but for the moment, not as rapidly as cases.

“However, more cases means we can expect to see more hospitalisations and deaths in the coming weeks. There are many sublineages of the Omicron variant, most notably BA.5, which is the most transmissible variant detected yet,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, in his opening remarks at the COVID-19 media briefing.

“We have said consistently that this virus will continue to evolve, and we must be ready for whatever it throws at us. That could be a new version of the variants we already know, or something completely new.

“So all countries must be ready. Countries that have dismantled some parts of their pandemic response systems are taking a huge risk.”

He called on countries to address those gaps in surveillance, immunity, workforce, supplies and resilience.

“We will see continued waves of infection, but we need not see continued waves of hospitalisation and death. We have the tools to save lives – vaccines, tests, therapeutics and public health tools.”

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