Geneva: The Omcircon variant of Covid is driving an enormous spike in Covid infections throughout nations however the demise price is secure, World Well being Group (WHO) Director-Common Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has stated.
Final week, greater than 15 million new instances of Covid-19 had been reported to WHO from around the globe – by far probably the most instances reported in a single week. Whereas these are official estimates, the precise numbers may very well be actually excessive.
“This enormous spike in infections is being pushed by the Omicron variant, which is quickly changing Delta in nearly all nations,” stated Ghebreyesus at his press tackle on Wednesday.
“Nonetheless, the variety of weekly reported deaths has remained secure since October final yr, at a median of 48 thousand deaths per week,” he added. This may very well be as a result of lowered severity of Omicron, and widespread immunity from vaccination or earlier an infection, he famous.
However for many who are unvaccinated “Omicron stays a harmful virus”, the WHO chief stated
“Nearly 50 thousand deaths per week is 50 thousand deaths too many”, Ghebreyesus stated. “Studying to stay with this virus doesn’t imply we will, or ought to, settle for this variety of deaths.”
He said that the world can not “permit this virus a free journey” when so many individuals around the globe stay unvaccinated.
In Africa, for instance, greater than 85 per cent of individuals are but to obtain a single dose of vaccine.
“We can not finish the acute part of the pandemic until we shut this hole”, he stated.
Based on Ghebreyesus, the overwhelming majority of individuals admitted to hospitals around the globe are unvaccinated.
On the identical time, whereas the immunisations stay very efficient at stopping extreme illness and demise, they don’t totally stop transmission.
“Extra transmission means extra hospitalizations, extra deaths, extra folks off work, together with academics and well being staff, and extra threat of one other variant rising that’s much more transmissible and extra lethal than Omicron”, Ghebreyesus defined.
The sheer variety of instances additionally means extra stress on already overburdened and exhausted well being staff.
A research printed final yr confirmed that a couple of in 4 well being staff have skilled psychological well being points in the course of the pandemic. Knowledge from a number of nations additionally present that many have thought of leaving or have left their jobs.