Second year of pandemic ‘may be even harder’: WHO’s Ryan


GENEVA (Reuters) – The second year of the COVID-19 pandemic may be harder than the first to see how the new coronavirus is spreading, especially in the Northern Hemisphere as a more contagious variable, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday said.

FILE PHOTO: Michael Ryan, Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program in Geneva, Switzerland, October 5, 2020. REUTERS via Christopher Black / WHO / Handel

WHO’s top emergency officials, Mike Ryan, said during an event on social media, “We are going into its second year, it could also convey transmission dynamics and some of the issues we’re looking at.”

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

The WHO said in its latest epidemiological update released overnight, after reporting fewer than two cases, some five million new cases were reported last week, a potential outcome of rescue during the holiday season in which people – and viruses – – came together.

“Certainly in the Northern Hemisphere, especially in Europe and North America, we have seen such a perfect storm of weather – coolness, people moving in, an increase in social mix and a combination of factors that have affected many countries. , Has enhanced transmission in many countries. ” “Ryan said.

Maria Van Kerkhov, WHO’s technical head for COVID-19, warned: “After the holidays, the situation will worsen before it gets better in some countries.”

Increasing apprehensions of a more infectious coronovirus variant were first revealed in Britain, but have now spread worldwide, with governments across Europe on Wednesday announcing a long-term coronovirus ban.

This includes home-office requirements and store closures in Switzerland, an extended Italian COVID-19 emergency situation, and German efforts to reduce contact between those convicted for failed attempts, so far as coronoviruses under control To bring.

“I am worried that we will continue in this pattern of peak and trough and peak and trough, and we can do better,” Van Kerowe said.

He said, “The further, the better …: to maintain physical disturbances, but make sure you keep distance from people outside your home.”

Reporting by Stephanie Nebeye in Geneva and John Miller in Zurich; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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