The World Health Organisation (WHO) says COVID-19 cases are on the rise in 110 countries, driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 variants of the virus.
WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus disclosed this on Wednesday at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva, noting that the variants amounting to a 20 per cent spike overall.
According to Ghebreyesus, the number of deaths, monitored by WHO across three of the six world regions has risen.
He stressed in his weekly briefing to journalists that the global figure overall remains “relatively stable”, but nobody should be under any illusion, that the coronavirus is on the way out.
“This pandemic is changing but it’s not over. We have made progress but it’s not over.”
“Only with concerted action by governments, international agencies and the private sector can we solve the converging challenges,” the WHO chief.
He warned that our ability to track the virus is under threat as reporting and genomic sequences were declining.
The optimistic mid-year deadline for all countries to vaccinate at least 70 per cent of their populations is looking unlikely, with the average rate in low-income countries, standing at 13 per cent.