Geneva: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), has warned world leaders that the Covid-19 pandemic is "nowhere near over".
According to the BBC, the WHO leader warned against assuming that the newly dominant Omicron variant is substantially milder and has eliminated the virus's threat. The action comes as some European countries report new case counts that are at all-time highs.
Tedros informed reporters at a press briefing at the WHO headquarters in Geneva that the Omicron variant had caused 18 million new infections around the world in the previous week. While the variety may be milder on average, he believes "the notion that it is a minor condition is incorrect."
"Make no mistake: Omicron is causing hospitalizations and fatalities, and even the milder cases are inundating hospitals." "With the enormous spread of Omicron internationally, new variants are likely to arise," he told world leaders, "which is why tracking and assessment remain crucial."
"I am particularly concerned about many nations with poor vaccination rates, because those who are unvaccinated are many times more at risk of severe illness and death," he added.