Global Covid cases rise for first time in 7 weeks, WHO says
"The rise was disappointing and urged countries not to relax measures to fight the spread of the disease," said Tedros
The number of new coronavirus infections globally rose last week for the first time in seven weeks, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.
Tedros said the rise was “disappointing but not surprising” and urged countries not to relax measures to fight the spread of the disease. He suggested that countries were hastening to loosen those measures, betting on vaccines to bring an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"For public health authorities, that means testing, contact tracing, isolation, supported quarantine and quality care.— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 1, 2021
For individuals, it means avoiding crowds, physical distancing, hand hygiene, masks and ventilation"-@DrTedros #COVID19 #InThisTogetherhttps://t.co/QhzO2LUZZo
“If countries rely solely on vaccines, they are making a mistake. Basic public health measures remain the foundation of the response,” Tedros said.
He noted that Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire became the first countries on Monday to begin vaccinating people with doses supplied by Covax, the international programme to provide vaccines for poor and middle-income countries. But he also criticised rich countries for hoarding vaccine doses.
“It’s regrettable that some countries continue to prioritise vaccinating younger healthier adults at lower risk of diseases in their own populations, ahead of health workers and older people elsewhere,” Tedros said.
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