The rising graph of COVID-19 cases may beget another wave of infections across the globe. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned nations to remain vigilant against the virus.
After recording a decline in the infection rate worldwide, COVID-19 cases have once again begun to increase around the world, the WHO said.
This is the reason why China’s Jilin province resorted to stricter lockdown measures to contain the fresh outbreak.
As per the WHO, a combination of factors is what’s driving the increases, including the Omicron variant and its BA.2 sublineage, and the lifting of public health and social measures.
“These increase are occurring despite reductions in testing in some countries, which means the cases we’re seeing are just the tip of the iceberg,” WHO’s head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a media briefing.
Low vaccination rates in some countries and “huge amount of misinformation” also explained the rise, as per WHO.
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New Covid-19 infections jumped by 8 per cent globally as compared to the previous week. The startling figures show 11 million new cases and just over 43,000 new deaths reported from March 7-13 only. It is the first rise since the end of January.
Moreover, experts are raising concerns over Europe facing another coronavirus wave. As the cases are once again rising in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
So far, BA.2 appears to be the most transmissible variant. The US could soon see another wave potentially driven by BA.2.
The WHO still stresses on following the necessary measures. Countries should focus on continuous monitoring and tracking of Covid-19 cases whilst the people in general should follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.
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