WHO: call for reality check

The World Health Organization is warning that the world needs to return to a stance of caution. According to The WHO, too many countries, pushed by tired citizens and struggling businesses, are giving up on restrictions despite four weeks of rising deaths and seven weeks of rising cases worldwide.
Maria van Kerkhove, WHO’s Technical Lead for Coronavirus Response, said 4.4 million new COVID-19 infections had been confirmed last week alone. “This is not the situation we want to be in 16 months into a pandemic, where we have proven control measures. It is time right now where everyone has to have a reality check about what we need to be doing,” van Kerkhove said in a news conference Monday. Several countries in Asia and the Middle East have seen large increases in cases, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, noting that “confusion, complacency and inconsistency in public health measures” were primary drivers.