When the already dealing with the deadly virus, and taking measures to contain the spread of it. WHO on Monday said that “the Covid-19 pandemic has entered a critical phase as infections exponentially increase despite widespread measures aimed at stopping them, with more than 4.4 million new Covid-19 cases reported over the last week.”
The coronavirus has already killed more than 2.9 million people and infected nearly 136 million across the world. Now the increasing cases of South Asia triggers concerns.
Maria Van Kerkhove, the agency’s technical lead for Covid-19, said “we’re in a critical point of the pandemic,” as some countries ease restrictions even as new cases per week are more than eight times higher than a year ago.
“This is not the situation we want to be in 16 months into a pandemic where we have proven control measures. It is the time right now where everyone has to take stock and have a reality check of what we need to be doing,” she said during a press briefing. “Vaccines and vaccinations are coming online, but they aren’t here yet in every part of the world.”
In a matter of concern for India, India has overtaken Brazil as the second worst-infected country behind the United States after Covid-19 cases continued to surge across India and it records more than 168,000 new cases in a single day.
In the U.S., B.1.1.7, the highly contagious coronavirus variant first identified in the United Kingdom is now spreading quickly among people. Hospitals are also seeing a rise in young people being admitted.
The WHO urged the public and world leaders to continue to practice safety measures, including social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands and avoiding crowded spaces.