With the relaxation of restrictive measures in Europe, there is a risk of a renewed outbreak of Novel coronavirus infections

2022-06-17 0 By

Geneva — Since the Omicron variant was first detected 10 weeks ago, 90 million coronavirus cases have been reported — more than in all of 2020, the first year of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.With restrictive measures being relaxed in many countries amid public fatigue with them, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyeus warned that Omicron should not be underestimated,Even if it turns out to cause less disease than earlier variants — citing “very worrying increases in deaths in most parts of the world”.”We are concerned that some countries have established a foothold that because of the vaccine – and the high infectivity and low intensity of Omicron – preventing transmission is no longer possible or necessary,” he told a regular WHO briefing on the epidemic.Tedros added: “Nothing could be further from the truth.””It is too early for any country to surrender or declare victory.This virus is dangerous and it continues to evolve before our eyes.”The WHO says deaths are on the rise in four of its six regions around the world.Many European countries have begun to ease lockdown measures, including Britain, France, Ireland and the Netherlands.Finland will end its Novel Coronavirus restriction this month.On Tuesday, the Danish government lifted most of the restrictions it had imposed to combat the outbreak, saying novel Coronavirus was no longer considered “a socially critical disease.”The country of 5.8 million people has seen more than 50,000 new cases a day in recent weeks, but the number of patients in intensive care units has fallen.”This is not the time to lift everything at once.”We have always urged — always urged — caution in the implementation of interventions and the phasing out of these interventions in a steady and slow manner,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO Technical head of Novel Coronavirus.Dr Michael Ryan, who’s emergencies chief, said countries with high vaccination rates “have more options” on whether to ease restrictions, but said they should assess factors such as their current epidemiology, high-risk populations, immunity and access to healthcare tools to fight outbreaks.Speaking to governments, he said: “Every country has to find its feet, know where it is, know where it wants to go and chart its own path……You can look at what other countries are doing.But please don’t blindly look at what every other country is doing.”Ryan expressed concern that “political pressure will cause people in some countries to open up too early — which will lead to unnecessary transmission, unnecessary severe disease and unnecessary deaths.”Meanwhile, Van Kerkhove also said a panel of experts set up last year is expected to release a report “in the coming weeks” to investigate the emergence of new pathogens like the coronavirus — and assess their origins.She said the group, or SAGO, has held about six meetings since its first meeting in late November.