WHO chief says ‘world failing on Covid-19’ as outbreak spreads at ‘lightning speed’ in France, Germany and UK
Every time the world anticipates a silver lining above the dark clouds of the coronavirus pandemic, the deadly virus finds its way back to cripple the existence of the very human kind.
Issues such as economic distress and global engagement have forced several nations to ease restrictions on the movement of people, riding high on the potency of vaccines and an ever-growing health infrastructure.
However, what one does not observe is that these are the same reasons why even the mightiest of nations are unable to contain the outbreak and the SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to mutate into various lethal variants to come back and torment us.
Elections, trade, sporting events, religious gatherings – all have proved to be super-spreader events over the past one-and-a-half years. Yet we continue to be brazen with our handling of the pandemic, letting our guard down and being arrogant about our understanding of the Covid-19 virus.
Today, the novel virus has mutated into so many different strains that even those who have been fully vaccinated are falling prey.
Citing these very concerns, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has once again appealed to the global community to step up and help administrations defeat this microscopic enemy.
“The pandemic is a test the world is failing. More than four million people have died and more continue to die. Already this year the number of deaths is more than double last year's total. The threat is not over anywhere until it’s over everywhere. Anyone who thinks the pandemic is over is living in a fool’s paradise,” Tedros said.
Despite countries like India, the United States and Germany manufacturing vaccines in record numbers, several countries are deprived of the shot even today.
“The haves are opening up, the have-nots are locking down. Only 75 percent of vaccines had been administered in just 10 countries. This is the thing about an inferno, if you hose only one part of it the rest will continue to burn,” the WHO chief said.
Fourth wave hits France
The fourth wave of the pandemic has befallen France, and it’s spreading at a “lightning speed”, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said, announcing tougher rules for non-compliance with restrictions.
“We are seeing a wave faster than all the previous ones.. For several days we have crossed the threshold of 10,000 positive cases every day. This virus contaminates at lightning speed,” Attal said.
Stating that the new Delta variant accounts for 80 per cent of the overall infections in the country, the spokesperson noted that the incidence rate has spiked by nearly 125 per cent in just the past one week
“…an increase so strong, so sudden that we had never known since the beginning of the epidemic in our country,” he said.
Germany’s caseload doubles in 2 weeks
Depicting the expanse of the new variant, the seven-day incidence of infections per 1,00,000 people in Germany has more than doubled over the past two weeks.
The seven-day incidence since July 6 rose from 4.9 to 10.9, according to the Robert Koch Institut, the government agency for disease control and prevention, said.
Germany, already dealing with catastrophic floods, fears that sheltering thousands of displaced people in emergency accommodations will only increase the Covid-19 infections.
“Many people lost everything and were thinking about everything but the mask right now. We now have to be careful that the management of the disaster does not become a super spreader event,” David Freichel of the local Covid-19 task force said, according to news agency IANS.