Original title: WHO: Some countries are on a dangerous track before the winter is full. Source: The Financial Association
When the second wave of the new crown epidemic appeared in many countries, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tan Desai issued a warning on Friday that some countries around the world are on a “dangerous track”. And the intensive care unit (ICU) has reached full capacity or overload.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, since the outbreak at the end of December last year, as of 2:24 pm on Saturday, the number of global new crown infections has increased to 42.21 million, and the death toll has reached 1.1443 million. . Among them, the number of new crown cases in the United States and some European countries has risen rapidly recently.
Tan Desai pointed out at the press conference that “the number of cases in a considerable number of countries has increased exponentially, which has caused hospitals and intensive care units to operate close to full or overloaded, and we are only now in October.”
“We are at a critical juncture of this epidemic, especially in the northern hemisphere.” He pointed out, “The next few months will be very difficult, and some countries are on a dangerous track.”
WHO officials warned last week that the coronavirus outbreak in Europe has been “worrisome”. According to a situation report released by the World Health Organization on Tuesday, the area continues to report infections and the number of deaths has increased rapidly, and new cases have increased by 25% within a week. France, the United Kingdom, Russia, the Czech Republic and Italy account for more than half of all cases reported.
In the United States, the outbreak in the Midwest has caused a significant increase in the number of new cases. On Thursday, the United States reported more than 71,600 new coronavirus infections, close to the daily record of infections set at the end of July.
“We urge leaders of all countries to take immediate action to prevent more unnecessary deaths, prevent the collapse of necessary medical services, and prevent schools from closing again,” Tedros said at the Geneva headquarters. “This is not an exercise.”
Dr. Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s Emergency Health Program, said that the second wave of infections “is not only possible, but also extremely possible anywhere in the world.” Ryan pointed out that some countries that can curb the outbreak have failed to “persist in” testing, tracing contacts, implementing quarantine measures, and implementing other measures to reduce the spread of the virus, resulting in a “return” of the disease.
The World Health Organization pointed out that despite the recent increase in new cases, the number of deaths from the coronavirus has remained relatively stable. However, the rise in the number of deaths usually lags the rise in the number of infections by several weeks. In the past 7 days, the death toll in Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean and Africa has started to climb.
Ryan said: “We need to prevent transmission, but we also need to focus on reducing the death toll. I have no doubt that the death toll will rise in the next few days.”