The WHO says “Beyond Tragic” after world records half a million Covid-19 deaths since the Omicron variant has been discovered.
The World Health Organisation termed the death count as “beyond tragic”.
Reportedly, WHO’s incident manager Abdi Mahamud, mentioned that since Omicron has been declared globally, around 130 million cases and 500,000 deaths have been recorded.
The WHO says “Beyond Tragic” but Omicron appears less severe
As per reports, WHO said that even though the Omicron appeared to cause less severe illness, it has rapidly overtaken Delta as the world’s dominant Covid variant because it is more transmissible.
Mahamud told a live interaction on the WHO’s social media channels, “In the age of effective vaccines, half a million people dying, it’s really something.”
He adds, “While everyone was saying Omicron is milder, (they) missed the point that half a million people have died since this was detected. It’s beyond tragic.”
The number of Covid-19 cases are “astounding”
Also, the sheer number of Covid-19 cases was “astounding”, said Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on COVID-19, while the true number of cases and deaths would be much higher than just those known about.
She said, “It makes the previous peaks look almost flat. “We’re still in the middle of this pandemic. I hope we’re getting closer to the end of it.”
She adds, “Many countries have not passed their peak of Omicron yet.” She was also extremely concerned about the numbers of deaths increasing for several weeks in a row. “This virus continues to be dangerous,” she said.
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