COVID: WHO alerts a “tsunami of new cases” due to omicron variant

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general de World Health Organization (WHO), noted that the world is facing a “tsunami of new cases” of coronavirus COVID-19 as a consequence of the advance of the omicron variant and the persistence of the previous delta variant.

Faced with this scenario, the WHO director He again asked people to take extreme sanitary measures to reduce infections, which according to figures approach a million daily cases, generating record indicators.

“They will continue to add pressure to healthcare systems on the brink of collapse, with their workers already exhausted.”, Tedros highlighted at a press conference.

Tedros stressed that, given the rapid advance of the omicron variant, attention should be paid not only to the vaccination campaign, but also to “public health measures.” that avoid saturating health networks and “can keep societies open and allow children to go to school”.

All in all, Tedros insisted on the need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and pointed out that “The unvaccinated have a higher risk of dying from the disease, whatever its variant”.

The head of the WHO recalled that in 2021 3.5 million have died from the pandemic, compared to the less than 2 million who died last year.



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