June 19, 2021
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COVID-19 crisis lingers on

Date: 14/05/2021 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

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The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths from it is on the rise explosively.

Its seriousness can be clearly seen through the fact that over 50 million more people were infected in only three months after the number of infected cases in the world exceeded the 100 million level late in January.

In the worst-hit country of the US, although it took nearly 90 days for the number of such cases to reach 2 million last year, the same number of the cases was registered in only 10 days this year. The accommodation capacity of hospitals in the country reached the limit and as so many people are dead that crematories cannot deal with corpses readily and bereaved families find it hard to find grave sites.

India has recently witnessed the rapid increase in infected cases.

In May, the number of daily infected cases exceeded 400 000. As the hospitals throughout the country are in short of beds and medical oxygen, there is utter confusion in treatment, and hospitals and doctors put up emergency notices that they are unable to deal with flooding patients.

The number of the cases was 90 000 on a daily average in the European region in mid-February, but the figure increased to 220 000 in late March.

An emergency was declared in the public health sector of South America’s Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Ecuador due to the rapid increase in infected cases. The prediction that the pandemic might be brought under control by the end of the year has turned out to be incorrect due to the incessant emergence and rapid spread of new varieties of the virus.

It is said that new varieties of COVID-19 amount to nearly 4 000 in the world. The World Health Organization said that three varieties of the virus broke out in the UK, South Africa and Brazil are highly infective.

The variety of virus discovered in the UK for the first time in September last year was turned out to be 70 percent stronger than the existing COVID-19 in infectivity. It passed beyond the bounds of the country with a rapid pace to sweep over the European continent. As of late April, it has spread to 137 countries and regions over the world. The varieties of the virus that broke out in South Africa and Brazil along with the spread of the one found in the UK were spread to various countries over the world in an instant.

It is unrealistic to expect that the pandemic would cease before the end of this year, the WHO said, warning that no country should loosen anti-epidemic measures and no individual should relax their vigilance against the pandemic.

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