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WHO notes record rise in COVID incidence, UN suggests systemic approach to fight pandemic


The number of new cases of the coronavirus infection is returning to record levels, as evidenced by data regularly published by the World Health Organization (WHO). Austria and the Czech Republic have already announced the beginning of the second wave. Israel was the first in the world to return tough quarantine measures that include closing all but vital businesses and restricting walking. While the leaders of other countries seek to avoid a new lockdown, UN experts are calling on the world for systemic changes that will effectively counter epidemics.

According to the WHO, about 308 thousand people were infected with coronavirus in the world over the weekend. This is a record figure since September 6 this year. Apparently, it will soon be exceeded: the data on the organization's website was published on Monday night, while fewer new infections are recorded on weekends than on weekdays in most countries. In total, since the beginning of the year, more than 28.6 million cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in the world, more than 920 thousand people have died during this time.

For a month, India has been leading in the daily increase in the number of cases. In terms of the total number of cases of infection, the country, with an indicator of 4.7 million people, is among the three most disadvantaged countries, behind the United States (6.4 million) and Brazil (4.2 million). 

Meanwhile, the world is increasingly becoming alarmed about the impending second wave of the pandemic. According to the Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Jose Angel Gurria, in the event of its onset, global GDP could lose 7.5%.

However, despite the depressing statistics, many countries are sure that this stage has not yet arrived and, perhaps, will not come. Be that as it may, but in a number of states the restrictions are tightening. For example, last week Armenia has announced the lockdown until January 11 of next year, even though it concerns a ban on entry for citizens of other countries (with some exceptions) and about restrictions on holding mass events.

“The pandemic is far from over”, say the authors of a new report under the auspices of the United Nations presented on Monday. The paper analyzes the global response of the international community to the spread of coronavirus.

The authors of the report set not tactical tasks - to close or not close cafes and restaurants - but strategic issues. For example, they note that the potential for transmission of viruses from wildlife to humans has been enhanced by the destruction of tropical forests.

The formula for a successful fight, as the authors see it, does not seem so difficult at first glance: responsible leadership, civic conscience, strong and flexible national and global support systems and adequate sustainable investments, and, most importantly, correct decisions and their timely implementation. So far, however, the countries of the world seem to be not ready for systemic transformations - they are only taking temporary measures in response to the changing situation.

source: un.org, who.int