Global increase in cases will lead to a rise in deaths from Covid-19: WHO

Global increase in cases will lead to a rise in deaths from Covid-19: WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) warned Wednesday against any complacency in the death rate from Coronavirus and said that with the increasing number of cases, mortality would also increase.

New cases reach 100,000 daily in Europe. Nearly 20,000 infections were reported in Britain, while Italy, Switzerland Y Russia they were among the nations with record numbers of cases.

While deaths worldwide have dropped to around 5,000 a day since the April peak that topped 7,500, the WHO chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathansaid the number of cases was increasing in intensive care units.

“The increase in mortality is always a couple of weeks behind the increase in cases,” Swaminathan said during a WHO event on social media. “We should not be satisfied that death rates are going down.”

More than 38 million people have been infected worldwide and 1.1 million have died.

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Despite the global push for a vaccine Covid-19With dozens in clinical trials and hopes for initial inoculations this year, Swaminathan reiterated that rapid mass injections were unlikely.

Two Candidates, from the American essay of Johnson & Johnson Y AstraZeneca, they are on hiatus for safety concerns, while manufacturing billions of doses of an eventually successful vaccine will be a colossal challenge that will require tough decisions about who gets vaccinated first.

“Most people agree, it’s starting with healthcare workers and frontline workers, but even there, you need to define which of them are most at risk, and then the elderly, and so on.” Swaminathan said.

“A healthy young person might have to wait until 2022.”

The WHO has said that allowing the infection to spread in the hope of achieving “herd immunity” is unethical and would cause unnecessary deaths. It urges handwashing, social distancing, masks and, where unavoidable, limited and specific restrictions on movement, to control the spread of disease.

“People talk about herd immunity. We should only talk about it in the context of a vaccine, ”Swaminathan said. “You need to vaccinate at least 70% of people … to really break transmission.”



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