Recently, the WHO addressed the enormous growth of COVID-19 in a press conference. More than 4.4 million new Covid-19 cases were reported over the last week. The Technical leader of the Agency for Covid-19 , Maria Van Kerkhove, stated “We’re in a critical point of the pandemic”. This is to say, that some countries ease the restrictions even as new cases per week are more than eight times more than that of last year. Further, she elaborated, “This is not the situation we want to be in 16 months into a pandemic where we have proven control measures. It is the time right now where everyone has to take stock and have a reality check of what we need to be doing,”
In the month of March, the WHO officials notified the steady rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths. Also, they urged people to put on their mask mandates and maintain the proper social distancing rules, as the world is entering the critical phase of the pandemic. Dr. Mike Ryan, the head of the WHO’s health emergencies program, told, “We’re all struggling”. Thus, it can be said that the virus is “stronger, it’s faster”. Also, it allows the emergence of new variants that spread more easily and are more deadly than the original wild strain of the virus. He further continued, “vaccines and vaccinations are coming online, but they aren’t here yet in every part of the world.”
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, “We must continue to vaccinate as many Americans as we can each day.” She elaborated that U.S. needs to power up its vaccination effort. Thus, it has to accelerate to the average of about 3.1 million shots per day. The WHO advised the public and world leaders to continue to practice safety measures. This includes social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands and avoiding being at crowded spaces.