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The Covid situation in India is very worrying: WHO chief | India News

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UNITED NATIONS: The Covid-19 situation in India remains highly concerning, and several states continue to see a worrying number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday, warning that the second year of the pandemic will be “much more deadly.” than the first for the world.
Ghebreyesus added that WHO is responding to the rise of Covid-19 in India and has shipped thousands of oxygen concentrators, mobile field hospital tents, masks and other medical supplies.
“India remains very worrying, and several states continue to see a worrying number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” he said at the daily press conference.
“And we thank all the stakeholders who support India,” said the WHO Director-General.
India is in the midst of a deadly wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with 3,43,144 people testing positive for the virus on Friday, bringing the country’s number of cases to 2,40,46,809. The death toll stands at 2.62.317.
India’s Covid-19 count surpassed the 10 million mark on December 19 and has doubled in less than six months, surpassing the bleak milestone of 20 million cases on May 4.
Ghebreyesus noted that the emergency-like situation was not limited to India.
“Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Egypt are just some of the countries that are dealing with spikes in cases and hospitalizations,” he said, adding that some countries in the Americas still have a high number of cases and, as a region , the Americas accounted for 40 percent of all Covid-19 deaths last week.
There are also peaks in some countries in Africa. “These countries are in intensified response mode and WHO will continue to provide support in every way possible,” he said.
Noting that Covid-19 has already cost more than 3.3 million lives worldwide, Ghebreyesus said: “We are on track for the second year of this pandemic to be much more deadly than the first.”
He regretted that vaccine provision remains a key challenge and that saving lives and livelihoods with a combination of public health and vaccination measures, not one or the other, is the only way out of the pandemic.

Times of India

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