The World Health Organization has expressed concern over an upsurge in COVID-19 mortality following a 10-week drop.
The WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom, revealed this at a COVID-19 media event on Monday in Geneva.
COVID-19 mortality is on the rise in five of the six WHO regions, according to Adhanom.
“Globally, COVID-19 cases increased for the fourth week in a row last week, with rises in all but one of WHO’s six regions. “Deaths are climbing again following a 10-week decline,” Adhanom remarked.
He noted that the increase in COVID-19 deaths and cases is due to the spread of the Delta version in various nations.
“We continue to hear instances of hospitals reaching capacity from all across the world,” the DG stated.
“The Delta strain is spreading like wildfire over the world, causing a new surge in cases and deaths.
“However, not everyone is suffering equally; we are in the midst of a rising two-track pandemic in which the haves and have-nots within and between countries are becoming increasingly disparate.
“In places with high vaccination coverage, Delta is spreading quickly; especially infecting unprotected and vulnerable people and steadily putting pressure back on health systems.”
Aside from the Delta variant, other variants, and low vaccine coverage also attributes to the increase in COVID-19 cases and death toll.
“As countries lift public health and social measures, they must consider the impact on health workers and health systems.
“In countries with low vaccine coverage, the situation is particularly bad.
“Delta and other highly transmissible variants are driving catastrophic waves of the case, which are translating into high numbers of hospitalizations and death.
“Even countries that successfully managed to ward off the early waves of the virus, through public health measures alone, are now in the midst of devastating outbreaks.
“Particularly in low-income countries, exhausted health workers are battling to save lives in the midst of shortages of personal protective equipment, oxygen, and treatments.
“Vaccines have never been the way out of this crisis on their own, but this current wave is demonstrating again just what a powerful tool they are to battle back against this virus.
“Delta is now in more than 104 countries and we expect it to soon be the dominant COVID-19 strain circulating worldwide.
“The world is watching in real-time as the COVID-19 virus continues to change and become more transmissible.”
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