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The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about the increase in cases of coronavirus in several countries before the onset of winter, DPA reported.
“Unfortunately, not all countries report cases, but in those that provide information to the WHO, there is an increase in hospitalizations of people infected with the coronavirus, as well as in patients admitted to intensive care units,” said the head of the international agency Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
He added that the proportion of vaccinated representatives of high-risk groups is alarmingly low in North and South America, as well as in Europe.
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“Covid-19 may not cause as acute a crisis as it did two years ago, but that does not mean we can ignore the disease,” the WHO director-general warned.
According to studies so far, the circulating variants do not cause more severe disease than those previously known, said Maria van Kerhove, who is an expert on COVID-19.
She appealed to governments to continue testing the population so that the spread of coronavirus variants can be monitored.
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Van Kerhove stressed that known precautions against infection are effective and should be applied. These include ventilation of premises, hand disinfection, wearing of masks in crowded areas and vaccination.