(MENAFN) With Covid-19 cases on the rise worldwide, World Health Organization Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus asked on Tuesday for authorities to reinstate masking, ventilation, and social isolation.
Speaking amid a press briefing, Tedros said that “the virus is running freely, and countries are not effectively managing the disease.” With the WHO closing last week that the virus stays a ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern’, Tedros claimed that the pandemic was “nowhere near over.”
Over 5.7 million new cases of Covid-19 were recorded during the week of July 4-10, 2022, a 6% rise over the previous week. Deaths, on the other hand, have stayed relatively stable this summer, with little over 9,800 reported in the week preceding July 4, five times less than in the same week last year.
Tedros called on domestic authorities to step up their support in “communicating risk” to the public, and called for a return of “public health social measures like masking, distancing and ventilation.”
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