The World Health Organization’s Dr. Mike Ryan has warned countries against “pushing” to return to “normalcy” too soon.
Dr Ryan, the Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s emergencies programme, says despite the large number of people that have already received their Covid-19 vaccination, infections in European countries will continue to rise, when the basic health- and safety regulations are ignored.
Ryan says relaxing rules – such as the wearing of masks and disregarding social-distancing measures – are a recipe for disaster.
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“The idea that everyone is protected and it’s “kumbaya”, and everything goes back to normal – is a very dangerous assumption anywhere in the world. We’d ask governments to be really careful at this moment, not to lose the gains that we’ve made”-@DrMikeRyan #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/CdGUojObmI
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) July 9, 2021
The #COVID19 situation globally is very dangerous with high levels of transmission driven by 4️⃣ major factors:
1️⃣ virus variants
2️⃣ increased social mixing and mobility of people
3️⃣ inappropriate use of public health & social measures
4️⃣ vaccine inequity
– Dr @mvankerkhove pic.twitter.com/BKBuTXHbBU
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) July 8, 2021