CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | WHO Say COVID-19 Pandemic Is ‘One Big Wave’, Not Seasonal

GENEVA – A World Health Organization official on Tuesday described the COVID-19 pandemic as ‘one big wave’ and warned against complacency in the northern hemisphere summer since the infection does not share influenza’s tendency to follow seasons.

WHO officials have been at pains to avoid describing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases like those in Hong Kong as ‘waves’ as this suggests the virus is behaving in ways beyond human control, when in fact concerted action can slow its spread.

Margaret Harris repeated that message in a virtual briefing in Geneva. ‘We are in the first wave. It’s going to be one big wave. It’s going to go and down a bit. The best thing is to flatten it and turn it into just something lapping at your feet’, she said.

Pointing to high case numbers at the height of the U.S. summer, she urged vigilance in applying measures and warned against mass gatherings.

‘People are still thinking about seasons. What we all need to get our heads around is this is a new virus and… this one is behaving differently’, she said.

‘Summer is a problem. This virus likes all weather’.

However, she expressed concern about COVID-19 cases coinciding with normal seasonal influenza cases during the southern hemisphere’s winter, and said the Geneva-based body was monitoring this closely.

So far, she said, laboratory samples are not showing high numbers of flu cases, suggesting a later – than – normal start to the season.

‘If you have an increase in a respiratory illness when you already have a very high burden of respiratory illness, that puts even more pressure on the health system’, she said, urging people to be vaccinated against flu.


BREAKING NEWS | Pakistan’s PM Takes Aim At Macron; Asks Facebook To Ban Islamophobic Content

MILAN | ITALY – – Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called on Facebook to ban Islamophobic content on its platform, warning of a spike in radicalization Muslims, hours after he hit out at the French president for ‘attacking Islam’. Pakistan summoned the French ambassador in Islamabad as anger spread on Monday over President Emmanuel Macron’s … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Pakistan’s PM Takes Aim At Macron; Asks Facebook To Ban Islamophobic Content

G20 SAUDI ARABIA | King Salman Says Pandemic Proved Flexibility, Strength Of Saudi Economy

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz stressed on Monday that the novel coronavirus pandemic demonstrated the flexibility and strength of the Saudi economy. In an address before the Business 20, he said: ‘We are determined to boost development and prosperity through empowerment and investment in new sectors’. Minister of Investment Khalid … Continue reading G20 SAUDI ARABIA | King Salman Says Pandemic Proved Flexibility, Strength Of Saudi Economy

WORLD NEWS | Poland’s President Tests Positive For Coronavirus

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – – Polish President Andrzej Duda has tested positive for coronavirus, an aide said on Saturday, as the country faces a record rise in cases. ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, as recommended President @AndrzejDuda was tested yesterday for the presence of coronavirus. The result turned out to be positive. The president is fine”, Blazei … Continue reading WORLD NEWS | Poland’s President Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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