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Covid nonetheless ‘filled with nasty and crafty’ surprises – WHO official

Covid still ‘full of nasty and cunning’ surprises – WHO official


The WHO’s particular envoy on Covid has warned that the virus nonetheless poses a “very critical menace” regardless of optimism from officers in Europe

Chatting with Sky Information on Monday, the World Well being Group’s (WHO) Covid-19 particular envoy, Dr David Nabarro, warned that the pandemic might nonetheless throw up “challenges and surprises” regardless of the progress that has been made in some components of the world in tackling the coronavirus.

Criticizing politicians who’re enjoying down the menace nonetheless posed by the virus, Nabarro stated they “mustn’t recommend” that Covid be handled just like the flu or that it “has abruptly received extremely weak.”

“We should go on treating it as if it is filled with surprises, very nasty and somewhat crafty,” Nabarro acknowledged, claiming that whereas “the top is in sight,” it isn’t identified how lengthy it’s “going to take to get there” or “what kind of difficulties” will emerge alongside the way in which out of the pandemic.

“I do need all people to do one factor, and that’s to go on treating this virus with respect. It has not modified. It’s completely not abruptly develop into a gentle factor – it’s nonetheless very critical,” Nabarro added.

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Instantly addressing UK Well being Secretary Sajid Javid’s current feedback that Covid ought to be handled like flu, Nabarro stated it’s “superb” that officers hold making predictions that “the WHO don’t know,” as “we all know there are extra [variants] not distant.”

The feedback seem to instantly contradict the WHO’s Europe director, Hans Kluge, who claimed on Monday that the continent is “shifting in direction of a type of pandemic endgame,” as Omicron is milder than earlier strains.

Addressing the potential emergence of recent Covid variants, Kluge expressed a special view to his colleague, arguing that, whereas recent strains would possibly emerge “in direction of the top of the yr,” it gained’t essentially imply “the pandemic coming again.”