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The World Health Organization warns that the end of the pandemic may be far away

The World Health Organization warns that the end of the pandemic may be far away

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Maria Van Kerkhove

On Monday (19), the technical director of the World Health Organization, Maria Van Kerkhove, warned that the world must remain concerned about the pandemic and that its end could be farther and farther away. Kerkhove said that in the past seven days, there was an 11.5% increase in the number of new cases of Covid-19 and a 1% increase in the number of deaths.

America was responsible for one of the lowest rates, with a 0.5% increase in new cases and a 5% decrease in deaths. However, there is nothing to celebrate, according to the director of the World Health Organization. “There have been nearly 1 million new cases of infection in the Americas and 22,000 deaths,” he says. “So, we’re still far from the end.”

The World Health Organization’s emergency director, Michael Ryan, was honest in saying that it was not yet known when this would all end. “What we do know is that if we do the right things, we will end the epidemic sooner,” he said.

While vaccines are an essential tool, other weapons must be used against the novel coronavirus. Therefore, the same precautions preached at the beginning of 2020 still apply: social distance, hand hygiene, mask use, and ventilation of environments.

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