Dr Maria van Kerkhove, head of the WHO’s technical response, spoke at a press convention on Monday. She referenced a rise of greater than 4.4 million new instances within the final week. Monday marked the reopening of excessive avenue retailers and pub gardens in England, in addition to non-essential retailers in Wales.
Dr van Kerkhove in contrast the variety of world instances to the determine of 500,000 reported per week one yr in the past. She drew consideration to the significance of following all preventative measures alongside vaccines.
This was echoed by WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu who mentioned vaccines are usually not the “solely device” to battle Covid-19.
Dr van Kerkhove mentioned: “We’d like headlines round these public well being and social measures, we want headlines across the instruments that we now have proper now that may stop infections and save lives.
“We’re in a crucial level of the pandemic proper now, the trajectory of this pandemic is rising.
“It is the seventh week in a row the place we have had greater than 4.4 million new instances reported within the final week (around the globe).
“For those who evaluate that to a yr in the past we had about 500,000 instances being reported per week… the trajectory of the pandemic proper now could be rising exponentially.
“This isn’t the state of affairs we need to be in 16 months right into a pandemic, the place we now have confirmed management measures. It’s time proper now the place everybody has to take inventory and have a actuality verify about what we have to be doing.
Dr Ghebreyesu added: “This pandemic is a good distance from over, however we now have many causes for optimism.
“The decline in… deaths through the first two months of the yr reveals that this virus and its variants could be stopped.
“With a concerted effort to use public well being measures, alongside equitable vaccination, we may convey this pandemic beneath management in a matter of months.”