As briefed by the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom, the increase in the Covid cases has pushed the global records to the highest level. He said, “Around the world, cases and deaths are continuing to increase at worrying rates,”
Tedros said, “Globally, the number of new cases per week has nearly doubled over the past two months. This is approaching the highest rate of infection that we have seen so far during the pandemic.” He added, “Some countries that had previously avoided widespread transmission are now seeing steep increases in infections.”
The briefing took place today, which was primarily focused on Covid in Papua New Guinea, and the Western Pacific.
According to the data by Johns Hopkins University, more than 139 million COVID cases have emerged globally, out of which, 2.9 million deaths have been reported.
WHO Director-General Tedros said, “Globally, our message to all people in all countries remains the same. We all have a role to play in ending the pandemic,”
Current Situation in Papua New Guinea (PNG)
To talk about Papua New Guinea, there are more than 9300 Covid cases and 82 deaths have been reported. Talking about these numbers, Tedros said, “While these numbers are still smaller than other countries, the increase is sharp and WHO is very concerned about the potential for a much larger epidemic.”
Moreover, three emergency medical teams from Australia, Germany, and the US have been sent to the island country this week. According to Tedros, PNG is dealing with a challenging situation, which “underlines the need for vaccine equity”.
As Tedros said, “There is large-scale community transmission in the capital, Port Moresby, and the Western Province. All twenty-two provinces have now reported cases. Although in the last two weeks we have seen some decline.” He continued, “Papua New Guinea is a perfect example of why vaccine equity is so important. It has held Covid-19 at bay for so long, but with rising infections, understandable fatigue with social restrictions in the population, and a fragile health system, it’s vital that it receives more vaccines as soon as possible.”
According to the reports, PNG has so far received a batch of 8000 AstraZeneca vaccines from Australia, and India sent 132,000 AstraZeneca vaccines through the COVAX facility.