The rise of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, together with the persistence of the previous delta variant, is producing a “tsunami of new cases”, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned today. He asked that social measures be taken to stop the contagions.
The record numbers of infections, which are already close to a million cases a day, “will continue to add pressure to health systems on the brink of collapse, with their workers already exhausted,” Tedros said at a press conference.
Tedros stressed that given the rapid advance of the omicron variant, attention should be paid not only to the vaccination campaign, but also to “public health measures” that avoid saturating health networks and “can keep societies open and allow children to go to school”.
However, Tedros insisted on the need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and pointed out that “the unvaccinated have a greater risk of dying from the disease, whatever its variant.”
The head of the WHO recalled that in 2021 3.5 million have died from the pandemic, compared to less than 2 million who died last year.