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WHO announces third wave of the coronavirus pandemic


The WHO chief stated that the world is stepping into the third wave of the pandemic. He noted that the delta strain was now present in more than 111 countries and pointed to the uneven distribution of vaccines and access to lifesaving tools in different parts of the world.

The number of new cases of the coronavirus has been rising for four weeks in a row, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Ghebreyesus said. He admitted that the world is now in the early stages of the third wave of the pandemic.

"After ten weeks of decline, the number of deaths is rising <...> the infection keeps evolving, leading to more of its transmissible variants," the head of the organisation said. According to WHO, the delta strain (also called the Indian strain) is now present in over 100 countries. 

The WHO chief also said there were "shocking" inequalities in the vaccines and access to medicine worldwide. "The countries where the vaccines easilyaccessible are reopening <...> Meanwhile, the restricted access to vaccination is leaving largeregions susceptible to the virus," said Ghebreyesus. He noted that the COVAX programme of vaccine assistance to countries in need is working, but its scale is still too small.

source: who.int