WHO: Global infection figures on the rise again

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The CoV infection figures reported worldwide are on the rise again. After six weeks of declining, there is now an increase again, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said today in Geneva. Apart from Africa and the Western Pacific region, there was an upward trend everywhere, he said. “This is disappointing, but not surprising.”

Causes could be CoV loosening and more contagious variants of the virus – “and people becoming less careful,” Tedros said. The WHO chief again urged the international community not to rely on vaccination alone. Basic hygiene rules remain the foundation of pandemic control, he said.

He said it is encouraging that vaccination of medical personnel in poorer countries has finally begun, for example in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. By the end of May, WHO expected to have 237 million doses of vaccine ready for distribution in 142 poorer countries. Tedros added: “It’s unfortunate that this is happening almost three months after the vaccine launch in some particularly rich countries.”

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