The rising coronavirus outbreaks in countries across Europe and America are “extremely” worrying and are starting to strain health systems “to the point”, the World Health Organization top official said Monday.
“This is a dangerous virus that can attack any system in the body. The countries where the virus runs uncontrollably are playing with fire,” said WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a press conference at the agency’s Geneva headquarters.
The coronavirus has infected more than 54 million people worldwide and has killed at least 1.3 million people so far, according to Johns Hopkins University. According to the WHO last management reportAmerica has caused 43% of all Covid-19 cases worldwide, while Europe has reported just over a quarter.
Many countries in Europe including the UK, France and Germany have strict measures taken contain the spread of the virus, shut down unnecessary shops and advise residents to stay home as much as possible.
And some in Sweden has relied largely on voluntary health measures Instead of closing his economy, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced on Monday that public gatherings will now be limited to just eight people. Reuters reported.
According to a CNBC analysis of the data compiled by Hopkins, the US reports a record high weekly average of 148,725 new cases per day on Sunday, an increase of more than 30% from the previous week. Some states are starting to take stricter measures, although the severity of the measures has varied so far.
Oregon became one of the first states Take tough new measures to contain the spread of the virus on Friday and limit restaurants to only take-away service; Closure of fitness studios, fitness centers and indoor and outdoor event centers; and, among other things, to restrict participation in places of worship.
And in New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a Twitter post that the state will hit “reset” and begin a nationwide stay at home order on Monday. Residents are instructed to stay at home unless they venture into essential services.
More people are now being hospitalized with the virus than ever before during the pandemic. More than 69,900 people are hospitalized with Covid-19 in the United States. This is the highest number of patients since the virus was discovered in China 11 months ago COVID tracking projectrun by journalists in the Atlantic.
“We must do everything we can to support health workers, keep schools open, protect the vulnerable and protect the economy,” said Tedros. “There is no excuse for inaction.”
On Monday Moderna reported preliminary phase 3 experimental data that showed The coronavirus vaccine prevents Covid-19 by more than 94%. These results follow similar results from Pfizer, who announced last week that early data show its vaccine is greater than 90% effective.
While Tedros said WHO “continues to receive encouraging news about Covid-19 vaccines,” he warned that “this is not the time for complacency”.
Dr. WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan reiterated that vaccine doses will be limited until January, adding that “tremendous work” still needs to be done to ensure that the drugs are dispensed.
“Deliveries will be limited. There are bilateral deals that many companies have made. So many cans have already been booked by some countries,” she said.
– CNBCs Berkeley Lovelace Jr. contributed to this report.