Covid-19: WHO says conditions are ideal for more strains to emerge

Covid-19: WHO says conditions are ideal for more strains to emerge
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The emergence of Covid-19 and its multiple variants have already brought the world to a halt. These times are unprecedented as not only the healthcare systems and the virus is taking a toll on economies worldwide too.

The mental health of the people is suffering with more indoor staying and lesser interactions.

Now, the World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has come up with another warning.

He says that globally the conditions are ideal for more strains to emerge.

The WHO chief stated that over 80 million cases have been reported worldwide since the Omicron surge.

However, Ghebreyesus also assured that the Covid-19 global health agency and the acute phase of the pandemic may end this year itself if countries use strategies and tools comprehensively.

In order to reach that level, he said that the world countries must aim to vaccinate at least 70 per cent of their population; there should be a focus on high priority groups, which include older adults, healthcare workers and vulnerable individuals.

He further went on to say that countries need to boost Covid-19 testing. They must find solutions to the pandemic-related problems, and not keep waiting for the crisis to be over.

“We must work together to bring the acute phase of this pandemic to an end. We cannot let it continue to drag on, lurching between panic and neglect,” the WHO chief said.

These announcements come during the 150th session of the WHO Executive Board meeting. India’s COVID-19 infections are also led by the Omicron variant.

The country may see a sharp rise in the coming weeks as per top experts. The scientists say that the Omicron variant is already in community transmission stage in India.

India Monday reported 3,06,064 new infections over the last 24 hours, as per the health ministry.

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