Geneva (Reuters)-The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that given the spread of the new coronavirus, especially in the northern hemisphere, as more infectious variants spread, the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic may be more The year is more difficult.
“We are entering the second year, and given the spreading dynamics and some of the problems we have seen, this may be even more difficult,”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the global death toll has reached nearly 2 million and 91.5 million have been infected.
In its latest epidemiological update released last night, the WHO stated that after the number of reported cases has been reduced for two weeks, about 5 million new cases were reported last week, which is most likely due to the decline in people’s defenses during the holidays. And the result of the virus-together.
“In the northern hemisphere, especially in Europe and North America, we have seen the perfect storm of the season-cold, people entering houses, increased social integration and many factors have led to increased transmission in many countries, Ryan said.
Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s head of COVID-19 technology, warned: “After the holidays, in some countries, things will get much better and then better.”
As people are increasingly worried that this more contagious variant of the coronavirus was first discovered in the UK, but it has now become entrenched worldwide, European governments announced on Wednesday that they will impose stricter and longer restrictions on the coronavirus.
These include Switzerland’s requirements for home office and closed stores, the extended Italian COVID-19 emergency, and Germany’s efforts to further reduce contact between people, which are blamed for controlling the coronavirus. The failed efforts made by the virus.
Van Kerkhove (Van Kerkhove) said: “I am worried that we will maintain this pattern of peaks and valleys, we will do better.”
She called for physical distance and added: “The farther the better… But make sure to keep your distance from people other than relatives.”
Reporting by Stephanie Neiberg in Geneva and John Miller in Zurich; Editing by Mark Heinrich