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 brought on by the novel coronavirus, is spreading at a worrying tempo in some components of the northern hemisphere, a number 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 have been growing in a number of nations. Dr Mike Ryan, the WHO’s prime emergency professional, suggested individuals at excessive danger for COVID-19 infections to get a flu vaccination.  — Reuters

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