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JM | Jan 25, 2023

WHO concerned with the surge in COVID-19 cases in countries

Vanassa McKenzie

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FILE PHOTO: The World Health Organization logo is pictured at the entrance of the WHO building, in Geneva, Switzerland, December 20, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths in many countries around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned that the health systems in many countries are under strain in tackling the health crisis.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, who was speaking during a media brief outlined that in the past eight weeks, more than 170 thousand people have died from COVID-19.

He says this is a cause for concern because this places the health systems under a strain to cope with the COVID-19 situation while providing healthcare to other patients with health issues such as the Influenza virus and Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General at the World Health Organization.

“Too few people-especially older people and health workers-are adequately vaccinated. Too many people are behind on their boosters. For too many people antivirals remain expensive and out of reach. And too many people don’t receive the right care, ” he said.

He also noted that WHO will be meeting this week with the Emergency Committee on COVID-19 to discuss whether the current COVID-19 situation still constitutes a global emergency.

Ghebreyesus further noted that an increase in the circulation of misinformation undermines the trust in safe and effective tools to prevent the further spread of the virus.

“My message is clear – do not underestimate this virus, it has and will continue to surprise us, and it will continue to kill, unless we do more to get health tools to people that need them and to comprehensively tackle misinformation,” he outlined.

A recent report from the Ministry of Health and Wellness revealed that Jamaica recorded 264 COVID-19 cases between January 17 to April 23. This brings the country’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 153, 407.

The country also recorded 4 deaths between March 2021 to January 2023. This brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 3,480.

The Health Ministry has noted in recent weeks that it is closely monitoring and gathering information on the COVID-19 situation in China and other parts of the world.

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