India’s COVID-19 state of affairs 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 mentioned on Friday, warning that the pandemic’s second yr will likely 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 cell 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 mentioned on the each day media briefing.
“And we thank all the stakeholders who are supporting India,” the WHO Director-General mentioned.
India is within the midst of a lethal wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with 3,43,144 individuals testing optimistic for the virus on Friday, taking the nation’s caseload to 2,40,46,809. The dying depend stands at 2,62,317.
India’s COVID-19 tally crossed the 10 million mark on December 19 and in below six months it has doubled, surpassing the grim milestone of 20 million circumstances on May 4.
Ghebreyesus identified that the emergency-like state of affairs 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 mentioned including that some international locations 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 international locations in Africa. “These countries are in heightened response mode and WHO will continue to provide support in all ways possible,” he mentioned.
Noting that COVID-19 has already price greater than 3.Three million lives internationally, Ghebreyesus mentioned, “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 manner out of the pandemic.