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Global cases of covid have increased from about three million weekly to six million currently, warned the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO)Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“An increase in cases means that there may be more hospitalizations and deaths in the coming weeks,” the Ethiopian expert said at a press conference, indicating that most of the current infections seem to belong to the BA.5 sublineage of the omicron variant. , “for now the most contagious known”.
Last week, the director of the WHO regional office for Europe, Hans Kluge, had already warned that in the last six weeks coronavirus infections in European countries had “tripled”.
Tedros affirmed that the virus “will continue to evolve and we must be prepared for what it brings”, for which he once again insisted on the need not to relax in the response to the pandemic.
The head of the WHO added that “now is the time, when hospitals are not yet saturated, to address the shortcomings in follow-up, immunization, health personnel and resilience.”
“We will continue to see waves of infections, but we do not want them to also become waves of hospitalizations and deaths,” he stressed, while insisting on the need to vaccinate health workers and older people in all countries.