WHO Director-General Tedros said that with nearly 50,000 people dying each week from Covid-19 around the world, the pandemic is “far from over”.
The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a conference in Berlin over the weekend that the Covid-19 pandemic will end “when the world chooses to end it”.
“It’s in our hands. We have all the tools we need, but the world hasn’t put those tools to good use,” said Tedros, noting that the pandemic is far from over when a person dies. Covid-19 deaths are still increasing by about 50,000 people a week.
The world has recorded 244,404,428 nCoV infections and 4,963,318 deaths, an increase of 313,434 and 4,487 respectively, while 221,414,176 people have recovered, according to the real-time statistics site Worldometers.
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Europe is currently considered a Covid-19 hotspot, when many countries in the region have recorded a recent sharp increase in the number of infections. The number of infections in Eastern Europe has surpassed 20 million, as the region grapples with a worsening outbreak and slowing vaccination efforts, according to a Reuters tally on October 24.
The Reuters analysis also shows that despite accounting for only 4% of the world’s population, Eastern Europe accounts for about 20% of the total global infections. Three of the five countries with the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in Eastern Europe are Russia, Ukraine and Romania.
According to data as of October 22, the number of new infections in this region has increased steadily with an average of more than 83,7000 new infections per day, the highest level since last November.
WHO’s emergency program director Mike Ryan said that more people gathering indoors after the lifting of restrictions by governments was causing nCoV infections to increase in many European countries.
In Asia, the epidemic situation seems to be improving as the number of new infections decreases, while vaccination rates increase.
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The Japanese capital Tokyo on October 24 reported 19 new cases of nCoV, the lowest level since mid-June last year, in the context of nationwide infections keeping a downward trend. The country currently records 1,716,692 infections and 18,191 deaths from nCoV, an increase of 285 and 8 cases respectively compared to a day earlier.
Due to the improvement of the epidemic situation, areas such as Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, Saitama and Osaka from October 25 will extend the time for serving alcohol at restaurants and bars. However, some medical experts warn that Japan could face a sixth wave of Covid-19 this winter.
South Korean health officials are concerned about the risk of an outbreak after Halloween on October 31, the event is expected to attract many people to the streets. In order to avoid the risk of spreading the disease, the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, local governments and the police will coordinate to inspect bars, pubs and other entertainment venues from May 27. 10 to 2/11.
South Korea announced on October 23 that it had reached its goal of injecting a Covid-19 vaccine to 70% of its population. The country currently records 351,899 infections and 2,766 deaths from nCoV.
According to VnExpress