Second year of pandemic ‘could be even tougher’: WHO


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The second year of the Covid-19 pandemic may be tougher than the first, given the way the new coronavirus is spreading, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, as more infectious variants circulate, said this Wednesday the World Health Organization (WHO).

“We are entering a second year of this, it could even be more difficult given the transmission dynamics and some of the problems we’re seeing, ”said Mike Ryan, WHO’s chief emergency officer, during a social media event.

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The worldwide death toll is approaching 2 million people since the pandemic began, with 91.5 million people infected.

The WHO, in its latest epidemiological update, reported more than five million new cases confirmed last week, the likely result of a lowering of defenses during the Christmas season.

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Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical director for Covid-19, warned: “After the holidays, in some countries the situation will get much worse before it gets better.”

Amid the growing fears of the most contagious coronavirus variant, first detected in Britain but now entrenched around the world, governments in Europe announced stricter and longer coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday.

With information from Reuters


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