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UPDATE 1-Coronavirus pandemic 'a long way from over', WHO's Tedros says

Mon 12th April, 2021 3:28pm
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    GENEVA, April 12 (Reuters) - Confusion and complacency in
addressing COVID-19 means the pandemic is a long way from over,
but it can be brought under control in months with proven public
health measures, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
said on Monday.  
    "We too want to see societies and economies reopening, and
travel and trade resuming," Tedros told a news briefing. 
    "But right now, intensive care units in many countries are
overflowing and people are dying – and it’s totally avoidable."
    "The COVID19 pandemic is a long way from over. But we have
many reasons for optimism. The decline in cases and deaths
during the first two months of the year shows that this virus
and its variants can be stopped," he added, saying transmission
was being driven by "confusion, complacency and inconsistency in
public health measures."
    India has overtaken Brazil to become the nation with the
second highest number of infections worldwide after the United
States, as it battles a massive second wave, having given about
105 million vaccine doses among a population of 1.4 billion.
    WHO team leader on COVID-19 Maria van Kerkove told the news
briefing the pandemic was growing exponentially, with a 9%
increase in cases last week, the seventh consecutive week of
increases, and a 5% rise in deaths.
    Tedros said that in some countries, despite continuing
transmission, restaurants and nightclubs were full and markets
were open and crowded with few people taking precautions. 
    "Some people appear to be taking the approach that if
they’re relatively young, it doesn’t matter if they get
COVID-19," he said.

 (Reporting by Silke Koltrowitz and Stephanie Nebehay, Editing
by William Maclean)
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