Europe has reported 1.5 million new cases every day. In Asia, large outbreaks of covid are spreading. New waves are pouring across Europe, with UN leaders reporting the highest number of deaths since the outbreak began in some countries.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warns that the COVID 19 pandemic is not over, and new coronavirus variants occur, on average, every four months due to the outbreaks throughout Asia.
Mr. Guterres also urged governments and pharmaceutical companies to collaborate in order to get immunizations to everyone, everywhere.
Mr. Guterres said on Friday that the GAVI COVAX Advance Market Commitment Summit 2022 is a vital reminder in a video message titled “One World Protected Break COVID Now,” “The COVID 19 epidemic isn’t over yet.”
In Asia, large outbreaks are spreading. “A new wave is sweeping Europe,” he added, noting that several nations are experiencing their burgeoning death rates since the flare began.
He added that the Omicron coronavirus strain is an “amazing reminder” of how quickly COVID 19 can change and spread, especially without widespread vaccination.
While several high-income countries are preparing themselves for their second booster shots, he lamented that one-third of the world’s population is still unvaccinated.
It is a harsh condemnation of our world’s glaring inequalities. It’s also a hotbed for new varieties, more deaths, and increasing human and economic pain,” he added.
Antonio Guterres explained that the coming variant is a matter of “when” rather than “if”.
“By the middle of this year, we will have fallen very short of our aim of achieving 70 percent vaccine coverage in every country.” “Time is of the essence,” he said, noting that new varieties appear every four months on an average.
He went on to say that governments and pharmaceutical corporations must collaborate to get vaccines to everyone, everywhere – not just the wealthy.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the new strain of COVID 19 mutant Omicron, first discovered in the UK, appears to be more susceptible to infection than previous strains of the virus.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a new strain of the COVID19 Omicron variant, which was initially found in the UK, appears to be more transmissible than previous strains of the virus.
It says that XE is an Omicron variant unless significant differences in transmission and disease characteristics, such as severity, are discovered.
“WHO will continue to closely monitor and analyze the public health risks posed by recombinant and other SARSCoV2 mutations and provide up-to-date information as new data become available,” WHO said. According to WHO’s weekly COVID 19 epidemiological update released this week, the number of new COVID 19 cases has declined for the second straight week, down 16 per cent from the previous week, after a surge in the first half of March 2022.
Compared to the previous week, when the number of deaths increased artificially, the number of new deaths per week decreased significantly by -43 per cent.
Nearly nine million new cases and over 26,000 new fatalities were recorded across the six WHO areas. Both numbers of new weekly cases and the number of new weekly deaths decreased in all regions.
As of April 3rd, more than 489 million cases have been recorded worldwide, with more than 6 million deaths.
South Korea (2,058,375 new cases; a 16 per cent drop), Germany (1,371,270 new cases; a 13 per cent decrease), France (959,084 new cases; a 13 per cent increase), Vietnam (796,725 new cases; a 29 per cent decline), and Italy recorded the largest number of new weekly cases (486,695 new cases; a 3 per cent fall).
A large number of new weekly fatalities were reported in the United States of America 4,435 new deaths, down 10%, Russia, 2,357 new deaths, down 18%, South Korea, 2,336 new deaths, down 5%, Germany, 1,592 new deaths, up 5%, and Brazil 1,592 new deaths, up 5%, 1,436 new deaths; a 19 per cent fall.
Mr. Guterres stated that while the availability of COVID 19 vaccines is not a problem because manufacturers are generating 1.5 billion doses per month, progress toward vaccine equity is still achievable, and the window is closing fast.
“This entails countries meeting and expediting their dose sharing and donation commitments to COVAX while also improving the supply quality. It also entails having strong national vaccine distribution infrastructure in place, including efforts to combat misinformation and get vaccines into the hands of soldiers.” This year, he urged countries to devote new financing to the ACT-Accelerator and COVAX.
The COVAX Facility is a global pooled procurement mechanism for COVID-19 vaccines that aims to ensure fair and equitable access to vaccinations for all 190 member economies using a WHO-developed allocation process.
Similar situation in India
In India, the number of Covid infections is increasing slowly and steadily in numerous states, despite a global increase in Covid cases caused by the BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron. It comes after two cases of the novel XE variety — a mutant hybrid of Omicron sub-variants BA.1 and BA.2 – were discovered in India, one in Maharashtra and the other case in Gujarat.
The Union Health Ministry has advised five states — Kerala, Haryana, Maharashtra, Delhi, and Mizoram — to keep an eye on the infection’s spread and take swift action to stop it. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has asked these states to monitor and respond to new areas of concern on a regular basis.
“In India, the number of Covid 19 cases has been steadily declining for the past two months, with the country reporting less than 1,000 new cases each day for the past few days. Furthermore, the weekly positive rate has stayed below 1%,” according to Bhushan’s letter. However, the seven-day average of daily instances has increased in Delhi, Haryana, and Gujarat.
On April 7th, 176 new cases were reported in Delhi. This is the largest daily increase since March 10th. The number of new cases each week also increased from 724 in the previous week to 826 on April 8th. Positive emotions have also risen over the past week, rising from 0.51 per cent to 1.25 per cent.
The Haryana 7-day moving average rose from 47 on April 4th to 68 on April 9th. The number of new cases in the state increased from 367 in the previous week to 416 in the week until April 8th. Haryana’s positive sentiment rose from 0.51 per cent last week to 1.06 per cent.
The cases in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh are also gradually increasing.
Edited by Prakriti Arora