WHO chief says world ‘basic crossroads’ in Covid pandemic

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) On Monday urged countries to work together to bring. The acute phase of the pandemic to an end, saying. That they now have all the tools available to do so.

“The Covid-19 pandemic is now entering its third year and we are at a critical situation, “. Said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press conference alongside Germany’s development minister Svenja Schulze.

GENEVAL: The Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been distinguished in 171 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

In its latest technical brief, the global health body said that Omicron is soon set to replace Delta globally as
a result of its immunity evading potential.

It stated that Omicron has been found to have a significant growth advantage. Higher secondary attack rates, and a higher observed reproduction number compared to Delta

“As of January 20, the Omicron variant has been identified in 171 countries. This variant has rapidly outpaced Delta is most countries, driving an upsurge of cases in all world.

“Omicron has a substantial growth advantage over Delta, and it is rapidly replacing Delta globally,” the brief said.
The global health body said there “is significant evidence” to show that immune evasion contributes to the rapid spread of Omicron.

However, The WHO said further research is needed to better understand. The relative contribution of intrinsic increased transmissible and immune evasion in explaining transmission dynamics.

Al-through the infection caused by the highly contagious strain is touted to be miled. The WHO said That current evidence show that the overall risk related to Omicron remains very high.

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