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COVID-19: Pandemic ‘nowhere near over’, says WHO.

COVID-19: Pandemic ‘nowhere near over’, says WHO.

Its looks like the COVID-19 pandemic are not ending any time soon as the World Health Organization has warned that the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over, as Germany, Brazil, and France posted new records of infections in the past 24 hours. WHO records new COVID-19 infections. According to the World Health Organization chief, Tedros

Its looks like the COVID-19 pandemic are not ending any time soon as the World Health Organization has warned that the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over, as Germany, Brazil, and France posted new records of infections in the past 24 hours.

WHO records new COVID-19 infections.

According to the World Health Organization chief, Tedros Adhanom, “This pandemic is nowhere near over”. The Omicron variant has spread unbated around the world, impelling some government to impose measures to help reduce the surge.

The European nations recorded new case numbers, while France reported nearly half a million new daily cases. Ever since the pandemic came on broad, Germany recorded more than 100 new infections within 24 hours. The UN health chief had warned against letting go of Omicron variant as mild, as the presiding Covid strain continues to flare new outbreaks from Latin America to East Asia after it was first discovered in southern African in November.

Dr.Tedros Adhanom, who spoke at the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva, had said that the Omicron variant had led to 18 million new infections across the world over the past week. “Omicron may be less severe, on average, but the narrative that it is a mild disease is misleading. Make no mistake, Omicron is causing hospitalizations and deaths, and even the less severe cases are inundating health facilities. He spoke.

He further warned global leaders that, “with the incredible growth of Omicron globally, new variants are likely to emerge, which is why tracking and assessment remain critical. I remain particularly concerned about many countries that have low vaccination rates, as people are many times more at risk of severe illness and death if they are unvaccinated,” he added.

The coronavirus infections have  grown widely across Europe.

In Denmark, report stated that, 33,493 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded on Tuesday, while Italy recorded 228,179 new infections, up from 83,403 the previous day. In Germany a record of 1112,323 new cases were reported on Wednesday. Meanwhile France reported 464,769 new daily infections on Wednesday, more than Monday’s figure of 102,144 a daily record for pandemic infections have reached a weekly average of over 300,000 new cases per day.

However, it is high time all citizens get vaccinated and follow all COVID-19 protocols to avoid too much spread in the countries.

“The Omicron variant is a variant of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) that was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) from South Africa on 24 November 2021.Omicron multiplies around 70 times faster than the Delta variant in the bronchi (lung airways) but evidence suggests it is less severe than previous strains, especially compared to the Delta variant. Omicron might be less able to penetrate deep lung tissue.

Omicron infections are 91 percent less fatal than the delta variant, with 51 percent less risk of hospitalization. Overall, the extremely high rate of spread, combined with its ability to evade both double vaccination and the body’s immune system, means the total number of patients requiring hospital care at any given time is still of great concern.

Vaccines continue to provide protection against severe disease and hospitalization especially after a third dose of an mRNA vaccine is given. Early figures suggest that double vaccination offer 30 to 40 percent protection against infection and around 70 percent protection against hospitalization.

A recent third vaccine dose boosts effectiveness against infection to around 75 percent, and 88 percent for severe disease”. This section is culled from WIKIPEDIA. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SARS-CoV-2_Omicron_variant.

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