WHO warns of coronavirus momentum as winter looms in north

Geneva, September 16

The World Health Organisation warned on Wednesday that COVID-19, the sickness attributable to the novel coronavirus, is spreading at a worrying tempo in some elements of the northern hemisphere, a couple of months away from the winter influenza season.

“We are starting to see worrying trends in some countries,” Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead for COVID-19, mentioned throughout a social media webcast.

“We are seeing increases in hospitalisations, in intensive care units, particularly in Spain, France, Montenegro, Ukraine and some states of the United States. That is worrying because we have not seen the flu season yet.”

Van Kerkhove additionally mentioned hospitalisations of individuals aged 15-49 contaminated with COVID-19 had been rising in a number of international locations. Dr Mike Ryan, the WHO’s high emergency knowledgeable, suggested individuals at excessive threat for COVID-19 infections to get a flu vaccination.  — Reuters

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