WHO warns Covid-19 pandemic at ‘critical point’ as cases surge in South Asia

Maria Van Kerkhove

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Covid-19 pandemic has entered a critical phase as positive cases are swelling to despite widespread measures aimed at stopping them. 

The WHO warned with record case numbers in South Asia, triggering tough new restrictions, the covid-19 pandemic is taking the whole world into a danger zone as infections exponentially increase. The contagious virus has already killed more than 2.9 million people and infected nearly 136 million across the world. 

WHO’s technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove

The World Health Organization’s technical lead on Covid-19 Maria Van Kerkhove said “we’re in a critical point of the Covid-19 pandemic,” as some countries ease restrictions even as new cases per week are more than eight times higher than a year ago. 

The WHO technical lead added, “The trajectory of this pandemic is growing… exponentially.” “This is not the situation we want to be in 16 months into a pandemic, when we have proven control measures,” she told reporters. 

She further said, covid-19 cases climbed by 9% across the globe last week, the seventh consecutive weekly increase and deaths have jumped 5%. 

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India’s COVID-19 cases soar

India has overtaken Brazil on Monday as the country with the second-highest number of infections, after recording more than 168,000 new Covid-19 cases in a single day. 

The recent, rapid increase of infections has taken India’s total number of Covid-19 cases to 13.5 million, above Brazil’s 13.48 million. 

“The solution is for everyone to stay home for two months and end this (Covid-19 pandemic) once and for all. But the public doesn’t listen,” said Rohit, a 28-year-old waiter in Mumbai. 

“Nobody follows the rules in the restaurant… If we tell customers to wear masks, they are rude and disrespectful to us.”  

Moreover, experts have warned that huge, mostly without masks and tightly packed crowds at political rallies, religious festivals and other public places have fueled the new wave. 

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