When will the Covid-19 pandemic end? Here’s what WHO says

When will Covid-19 pandemic end? Here's what WHO says
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has come up with a grave warning for the whole world. It says that the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over.

The real-time statement comes as France, Germany and Brazil have been consistently posting new records of infections in the past 24 hours.

The highly transmissible Omicron variant has been spreading like a wildfire across all the populated continents.

This has even pushed some governments to impose fresh stringent measures.

It is worth mentioning here that the new wave of infections has also left the world economy in the doldrums.

The pandemic is affecting households, overburdening the healthcare systems and economies worldwide.

“This pandemic is nowhere near over,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva.

Besides, Europe is at the epicentre of alarming new outbreaks. Germany is witnessing record-breaking cases crossing 100,000-mark and France reporting nearly half a million cases on Tuesday itself.

The WHO chief also warned against dismissing Omicron as a mild one. Since the dominant Covid variant continues to flare new outbreaks from Latin America to East Asia.

The UN health body chief reiterates that Omicron may be less severe, on average, but the narrative that it is a mild disease is misleading.

WHO also made predictions that Omicron could infect half of all Europeans by March, filling hospitals across the continent.

Is your Mask protective Enough?

The fresh Covid surge has pushed German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to seek compulsory vaccinations.

Other European countries are also battling soaring Omicron cases.

This has marred hopes for Europe’s tourism recovery. As the World Tourism Organization said Tuesday that foreign arrivals will not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024 at the earliest, despite a rise of 19 per cent last year compared to 2020.

What is the role of Hamsters and Big Cats?

Now the focus is increasingly turning to animals and how the coronavirus interacts with them.

This comes after at least two countries reported Covid-19 cases in creatures big and small potentially passed between them and humans.

A study published in South Africa said big cats caged in zoos are at risk of catching Covid from their keepers.

As per research, there are clues pointing to the infection of three lions and two pumas by their handlers at a zoo in Johannesburg.

When it comes to Hong Kong, hamsters have been bearing the brunt of semi-autonomous Chinese city’s similarly strict approach to Covid-19.

However, there is no evidence yet to show pets can transmit the coronavirus to humans.

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