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COVID-19: WHO warns of exponential growth of epidemic - news

COVID-19: WHO warns of exponential growth of epidemic – news

The warning was left by WHO’s Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and the technical leader of the response to COVID-19, Maria Van Kerkove, at the regular press conference on the evolution of the epidemic, which was transferred from the headquarters of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus indicated that last week was the fourth to record the highest number of SARS-CoV-2 infections within a week, as a result of the “significant increase in the number of cases” discovered in several countries in Asia. And the Middle East.

“The course of the epidemic is growing steadily,” Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical leader, warned in response to the Covid-19 virus, noting that last week saw a 90 percent increase in transmission.

According to the American epidemiologist, the measures to contain the epidemic “are not consistently applied” by countries.

The Director-General of the World Health Organization has warned that the Covid-19 epidemic is “not over yet”, but it can be controlled “within months” with “fair vaccination” and “concerted efforts” of containment measures, which include physical distance, the use of masks and the ventilation of spaces. Examination, examination, isolation and hand hygiene.

“It depends on the decisions and actions of governments and peoples, every day,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, defending a “coherent, clear and comprehensive approach” to public health measures.

According to the WHO leader, “confusion, complacency and lack of consistency in public health procedures and their application” lead to “increased transmission” of infection and “loss of life.”

He pointed out that “vaccines are a vital and powerful tool, but they are not the only tool” against Covid-19, stressing that “healthy people have already died” from the disease and that “survivors” are still present in some cases, with symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, insomnia, and muscle pain. , Anxiety or depression.

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The Covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 2,937,355 people around the world, resulting in more than 135.9 million cases, according to a report issued by Agence France-Presse.

In Portugal, 16,918 people died from 827,765 confirmed cases, according to the latest bulletin issued by the General Directorate of Health.