The number of COVID-19 has increased in the last seven weeks
UMMATIMES - The World Health Organization, stated that the global transmission rate of COVID-19 has increased again. WHO warned again that countries wishing to relax should not be careless because the COVID-19 pandemic is still dangerous.
Globally, there have been 114 million cases and 2.5 million deaths due to COVID-19. The number of daily cases, since mid-February, has gradually increased again to almost half a million per day by the end of February 2021.
"We have to warn again that this virus can come back if we let it. We must not allow that to happen," said WHO Technical Chief, Maria Van Kerkhove, March 2, 2021.
WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the increase in cases was really disappointing, but he had predicted it would happen. he appealed to countries wishing to carry out the easing to reconsider their plans. "Relying on COVID-19 vaccination alone is not enough to begin loosening the social restrictions of COVID-19.
"If countries rely solely on the COVID-19 vaccine, they make mistakes. Basic social restrictions remain the most important foundation for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
"It's sad that some countries still prioritize vaccinating people who are younger, with less risk of symptoms, over helping medical workers and the elderly in the country," Ghebreyesus said.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the continued distribution of the vaccine through his initiative, COVAX. Ghana and Ivory Coast became the first countries in the world to receive the COVID-19 vaccine via COVAX.
Ghebreyesus again invited countries with an excess supply of the COVID-19 vaccine to donate via COVAX. According to UN data, there are more than 100 countries that have not received a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
WHO Emergency Expert, Mike Ryan, said the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has improved since vaccinations began in various countries. However, it is still too soon to say that humans are immune to the COVID-19 virus.