Published: 2022-01-19 15:51
Last Updated: 2022-05-17 09:32
Wednesday, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned that the coronavirus pandemic "is nowhere near over."
During a press conference at the organization's headquarters in Geneva, Ghebreyesus denied the validity of the assumption that the newly dominant Omicron variant is milder and removed the threat posed by the virus.
"This pandemic is nowhere near over and with the incredible growth of Omicron globally, new variants are likely to emerge, which is why tracking and assessment remain critical," he said.
The comments came at a time when European countries have been witnessing new records in the number of infections.
He pointed out that last week, Omicron caused over 18 million new infections worldwide.
WHO officials warned that while Omicron is less severe on average, it is still leading to hospitalization and death in some cases.