Covid good distance from over, warns WHO chief

United Nations, April 13

Even though more than 780 million doses of Covid vaccines have now been administered globally, the pandemic is “a long way from over” but it can be brought under control in months with proven public health measures, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said.

Also the WHO, the World Organisation for Animal Health and UN Environment Programme have urged countries to suspend the sale of live wild mammals in food markets, warning they may be the source of more than 70% of emerging infectious diseases in humans.

The virus has infected over 13,65,00,400 people and killed over 29,44,500 people across the world.

“In January and February, the world saw six consecutive weeks of declining cases. We have now seen seven consecutive weeks of increasing cases and four weeks of increasing deaths. Several countries in Asia and the Middle East have seen large increases in cases,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. — Agencies

UK PM: Curbs, not jabs, behind drop in deaths

  • London: UK PM Boris Johnson has said the rapid drop in Covid deaths is largely down to a three-month lockdown, not the vax programme
  • The UK has already offered the first shot to all over-50, vulnerable and health workers. Reuters

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