Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated: “Circumstances and deaths are persevering with to extend at worrying charges.” He stated he was very frightened concerning the potential for a a lot bigger epidemic in Papua New Guinea, and it was important the nation acquired extra COVID-19 vaccines as quickly as attainable. PNG has now reported greater than 9,300 COVID-19 circumstances and 82 deaths.
“Whereas these numbers are nonetheless smaller than different nations, the rise is sharp and WHO could be very involved concerning the potential for a a lot bigger epidemic,” Tedros stated.
PNG well being minister Jelta Wong stated there was an ongoing problem within the nation to get individuals carrying masks and disbelief concerning the illness itself, which might complicate efforts to position out vaccines.
WHO officers stated three emergency medical groups had arrived in PNG this week from Australia, america and Germany.
“The state of affairs is extraordinarily difficult proper now,” Takeshi Kasai, WHO regional director for the western Pacific, stated of PNG.
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Whereas Covid-19 infections throughout all elements of the UK have fallen to the bottom stage for the reason that autumn, new figures counsel.
In accordance with the newest estimates from the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS), round one in 480 individuals in non-public households in England had Covid-19 within the week to April 10 – down from one in 340 the earlier week.
That is the bottom determine for the reason that week to September 19 2020, when the estimate stood at one in 500.
In the meantime in Wales, round one in 920 individuals was estimated to have had coronavirus within the week to April 10 – down from one in 800 within the week earlier than and the bottom stage for the reason that week to September 10.
It comes as Downing Road insisted that the Authorities’s pink record of journey ban nations is “underneath fixed evaluation”, when requested why India didn’t function on it.
India has seen hovering Covid-19 charges, with greater than 13.9 million confirmed circumstances and 172,000 deaths recorded.
Downing Road stated Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s deliberate go to to India was nonetheless as a consequence of go forward later this month, regardless of issues over the invention of UK circumstances of a coronavirus variant first detected within the South Asian nation.
Public Well being England (PHE) stated some 77 circumstances of the B.1.617 variant have been confirmed within the UK.