Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO COVID-19 technical lead, cited viral variants, social mixing, inappropriate use of public health measures and vaccine inequities
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A top scientist at the Organisasi Kesehatan Dunia (WHO) warned on Monday that the world is shifting further away from the end of the Covid-19 pandemic, owing to factors like viral variants, social mixing, the flouting of public health measures and vaksin inequities.
Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, epidemiologist and WHO COVID-19 technical lead, noted an 11.5% increase in global cases over the last week, with a 1% increase in deaths. Europe saw a 21% uptick in infections last week, while the Western Pacific experienced a nearly 30% increase, for instance. Though data reflects a slight dip in the African region, Kerkhove warned Africa is experiencing a high level of cases and an approximate 60% increase in deaths.
The highly transmissible Delta variant is the latest of four such viral variants of concern under surveillance. The variant, detected in at least 111 countries, has also been blamed for COVID-19 cases rising across the U.S. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Friday warned that the outbreak in the U.S. is becoming “a pandemic of the unvaccinated” because nearly all hospital admissions and deaths are among those who hadn’t been immunized.