World in dangerous period, warns WHO

UNITED NATIONS – The world is in a very “dangerous period” of the coronavirus pandemic compounded by more transmissible variants like Delta — first detected in India  — which is continuing to evolve and mutate, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has warned.

“In countries with low COVID-19 vaccination coverage, terrible scenes of hospitals overflowing are again becoming the norm,” Tedros  told his bi-weekly press briefing in Geneva.

“But no country is out of the woods yet”, he added. Tedros explained that the Delta variant is ‘dangerous’ and continues to evolve and mutate, and this requires constant evaluation and ‘careful adjustment of the public health response’.

“Delta has been detected in at least 98 countries and is spreading quickly in countries with low and high vaccination coverage”, he warned. Responding to questions,, WHO’s technical leader for COVID-19 response, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, reminded that the virus has been evolving since it first emerged.

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