The World Health Organization (WHO) has predicted that the world is advancing the highest rate of infection during epidemics.
At a press conference from Geneva (Switzerland) on Friday, Tedros lamented that the incidence and deaths of COVID-19 were increasing at an alarming rate.
The agency's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the situation is worrying. He explained. The number of new cases has almost grown every week in the current two months
The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has advised that the world is progressing to the highest level of COVID-19 during epidemics due to the massive increase in cases in various countries.
At a press conference this Friday from Geneva (Switzerland), Tedros regretted that those infected and deaths from COVID-19 "continue to increase at a worrying rate. He said Worldwide, the figure of new cases has nearly increased every week in the current two months.
According to their data, these figures indicate that "it is approaching the highest infection rate that we have seen so far during the pandemic . " Tedros remarked that one reason for this is that some countries that previously avoided large-scale transmission of COVID-19 are now noticing a "speedy rise in infections.
Tedros cited Papua New Guinea as an example, which reported fewer than 900 cases and nine deaths as of the beginning of the year. However, it has now reported more than 9,300 positives and 82 deaths. He said. Although these numbers are still lower than in other countries, the progress is rapid, and the WHO is concerned about the chance of a much larger pandemic.
Papua New Guinea's Health Minister Jelta Wong said there is still a problem in the country with people wearing masks and disbelief about the disease itself, complicating efforts to distribute the vaccines.
Members of the WHO said that this week three emergency medical teams arrived in the oceanic country from Australia, the United States, and Germany.
"The situation is extremely difficult at the moment," said Takeshi Kasai, WHO regional director for the Western Pacific, referring to Papua New Guinea.
So far, the COVAX initiative has distributed some 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to more than 100 countries, enough to protect around 0.25% of the world's population.