Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), on Monday (July 12) warned of the “devastating outbreaks” caused by the Delta variant of COVID-19, saying that the new strain of the virus was infecting people “at a scorching pace.”
“Last week marked the fourth consecutive week of increasing case of Covid-19 globally,” Tedros said at a virtual press conference from Geneva, adding that “after ten weeks of declines, deaths are increasing again.”
The virus variant first identified in India in October 2020 is continuing the spread around the world and has now been detected in 104 countries, Tedros said, Xinhua reported.
Leaders around the world have responsed to the new rise in infections in markedly different ways, with countries such as France adopting new restrictions while other easing them. The United Kingdom (UK), for one, still intends to lift all restrictions on July 19.
At Monday’s press conference, the Who chief warned of the danger of easing measures while many countries in the world still lack vaccines for their population.
Tedros stressed that Delta and other highly transmissible variants are driving catastrophic waves of case which are translating into high numbers of hospitalisations and death. “Even countries that successfully managed to ward off the early waves of the virus, through public helath measures alone, are now in the midst of devastating outbreaks,” Tedros added.
Input: HINDUSTAN TIMES