Ghebreyesus added that the WHO is responding to the Covid-19 surge in India and has shipped hundreds of oxygen concentrators, tents for cellular subject hospitals, masks and different medical provides.
“India stays vastly regarding, with a number of states persevering with to see a worrying variety of circumstances, hospitalisations and deaths,” he stated on the each day media briefing.
“And we thank all of the stakeholders who’re supporting India,” the WHO Director-Common stated.
India is within the midst of a lethal wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with 3,43,144 folks testing optimistic for the virus on Friday, taking the nation’s caseload to 2,40,46,809. The demise toll stands at 2,62,317.
India’s Covid-19 tally crossed the ten million mark on December 19 and in beneath six months it has doubled, surpassing the grim milestone of 20 million circumstances on Might 4.
Ghebreyesus identified that the emergency-like state of affairs was not restricted to India.
“Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Egypt are simply a few of the nations which might be coping with spikes in circumstances and hospitalisations,” he stated including that some nations within the Americas nonetheless have excessive numbers of circumstances and as a area, the Americas accounted for 40 per cent of all Covid-19 deaths final week.
There are additionally spikes in some nations in Africa. “These nations are in heightened response mode and WHO will proceed to offer help in all methods doable,” he stated.
Noting that Covid-19 has already value greater than 3.3 million lives internationally, Ghebreyesus stated, “We’re on observe for the second yr of this pandemic to be way more lethal than the primary.”
He lamented that vaccine provide stays a key problem and that saving lives and livelihoods with a mixture of public well being measures and vaccination – not one or the opposite – is the one method out of the pandemic.