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Thousands of people have died from COVID-19 after holiday gatherings

2024-01-15T16:05:06+00:00
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Thousands died of COVID-19 after the holidays (Photos: Getty Images/The Associated Press)
  • COVID-19 deaths have increased after the holidays.
  • Are holiday gatherings to blame?
  • The WHO shares frightening statistics.

On Wednesday, the head of the UN health agency highlighted that holiday gatherings fueled the increase in COVID-19 transmission last month.

The global spread of the most prominent new variant has also played a crucial role in this increase.

During December, social gatherings surrounding the holidays have fueled the surge.

The new variant has also played a critical role in the rapid spread of the virus.

COVID-19 is still here

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According to the leader of the WHO, a marked increase in the spread of COVID-19 has been observed since the holidays and thousands have died.

The convergence of holiday gatherings and the new variant created favorable conditions for the virus to spread.

In December, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reported 10,000 deaths and a 42% increase in hospitalizations in nearly 50 countries, highlighting Europe and the Americas.

This increase in deaths and hospitalizations highlights the seriousness of the situation.

Officials are worried

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Furthermore, Tedros stressed that most affected countries experienced a significant increase in the burden on their health systems.

Statistics in Europe and America, in fact, reveal a particularly worrying situation.

These data highlight the need for preventative measures and international cooperation to address the increasing pressure on healthcare systems.

«Although 10,000 deaths a month is far less than the peak of the pandemic, this level of preventable deaths is not acceptable,» the WHO director-general told reporters from his headquarters in Geneva.

COVID-19 cases are on the rise

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Tedros stated that cases are increasing in areas where there is little to no reporting, calling on governments to maintain surveillance and ensure access to treatments and vaccines.

This call to action underscores the importance of a preventative response and the need to secure essential medical resources at all times.

In addition, he highlighted the urgency of global collaboration to face the evolving situation.

He emphasized that preparation and effective response are essential in the face of the possible increase in cases where there is no reporting.

A new variant emerges

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The request for continued vigilance highlights the need for a proactive approach to combat the spread of the virus.

Tedros announced that the JN.1 variant has become the most prominent globally.

It is an Omicron variant, which suggests that vaccines could offer some protection against it.

His statement reinforces the importance of closely monitoring the evolution of variants and adjusting vaccination strategies as necessary.

Thousands have died: More worries about COVID-19

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Furthermore, this highlights the importance of continuing research to better understand the characteristics and effectiveness of the vaccines against new strains.

The claim that the JN.1 variant is the most prominent highlights the need for a coordinated global response to address the evolution of the pandemic.

According to The Associated Press, this increase in respiratory diseases across the globe is not only attributed to the coronavirus, but also to the flu, rhinovirus and pneumonia.

This highlights the complexity of the public health scenario and the need for holistic approaches in the management of these conditions.

Respiratory diseases are on the rise

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The WHO technical lead for COVID-19, Maria Van Kerkhove, highlighted a global increase in respiratory diseases.

Kerkhove stressed the importance of addressing multiple respiratory threats simultaneously, requiring integrated strategies to prevent and control these diseases.

She urged focusing global attention on the diversity of respiratory threats, emphasizing the relevance of coordinated actions at the international level.

Van Kerkhove pointed out that this winter we are experiencing the coexistence of various pathogens, although coughing, sniffling, fever and fatigue are nothing new.

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