June 15, 2021, 11.38 AM
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) speaks during a bilateral meeting with Swiss Interior and Health Minister Alain Berset, not pictured, before signing a BioHub Initiative with a global Covid-19 Pathogen repository in Spiez laboratory on the sideline of the opening of the 74th World Health Assembly, WHA, at the WHO headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, May 24, 2021. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP) KEYSTONE/LAURENT GILLIERON via AP PHOTOTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) speaks during a bilateral meeting with Swiss Interior and Health Minister Alain Berset, not pictured, before signing a BioHub Initiative with a global Covid-19 Pathogen repository in Spiez laboratory on the sideline of the opening of the 74th World Health Assembly, WHA, at the WHO headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, May 24, 2021. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

KOMPAS.com - The World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday that while the number of new Covid-19 cases has fallen steadily for seven straight weeks.

Speaking from the agency's headquarters in Geneva, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the overall decline in new cases, the longest since the pandemic began, was certainly welcome news. But he said deaths overall were not falling as quickly and declined only slightly last week.

Tedros said the decline in cases also masks the fact that the virus continues to spread and kill in regions such as Africa, which has limited access to vaccines and treatments such as oxygen and diagnostic equipment.

Also readIndian Covid-19 Variant Detected in Indonesia, Says Health Minister

He cited a recent study in the British medical journal The Lancet showing Africa with the highest global mortality rate among critically ill Covid-19 patients, despite it having fewer reported cases than most other regions.

Tedros said that available evidence suggests new variants have substantially increased transmission globally, especially in areas with low vaccination rates. The risks have increased for people who are not protected, which is most of the world's population, he said. “Right now, the virus is moving faster than the global distribution of vaccines.”

Also readLocal Transmission of Indian Covid-19 Variant Found in Greater Jakarta Area

The WHO chief expressed his gratitude to the leaders at the G-7 summit last week, who pledged 870 million doses of vaccine through the WHO-administered global vaccine cooperative, COVAX.

He said while those donations would be a big help, the world needed more vaccines, and faster. Tedros said to end the pandemic, the shared goal must be to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the world's population in the next year. That will take 11 billion doses of vaccine, and “the G-7 and G-20 can make this happen.”

Dapatkan update berita pilihan dan breaking news setiap hari dari Kompas.com. Mari bergabung di Grup Telegram "Kompas.com News Update", caranya klik link https://t.me/kompascomupdate, kemudian join. Anda harus install aplikasi Telegram terlebih dulu di ponsel.



Source VOA News
Comment wisely and responsibly. Comments are entirely the responsibility of the commentator as regulated in the ITE Law
Report
Thank You! We have received your report. We will remove comments that conflict with the Community Guidelines and the ITE Law.

More Headlines

Business
November 25, 2021, 02.44 PM

Indonesia to Produce Electric Cars in March 2022

News
November 19, 2021, 03.58 PM

Partial Lunar Eclipse Visible from Indonesia

Close Ads X