The World Health Organisation is urging governments to reinstate Covid measures like masking and ventilation as its leader speaks of concerns over an “increasing trend of deaths”.
As the British government, along with many others of wealthy countries, have all but abandoned coronavirus restrictions, the WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said the pandemic is “nowhere near over”.
It comes as new ONS figures have today showed that more than 200,000 people in the UK have had Covid-19 recorded on their death certificate since the pandemic began.
Infections and hospital admissions are once again on the rise, driven by the coronavirus subvariant Omicron BA.2. Experts have warned that new variants can re-infect even those with some form of antibody immunity, in a matter of weeks.
Amid a spike in Covid transmission and increasing hospitalisations, Dr Ghebreyesus urged governments to “deploy tried and tested measures like masking, improved ventilation and test and treat protocols”.
“I am concerned that cases of Covid-19 continue to rise – putting further pressure on stretched health systems and health workers,” he said.
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