With lockdowns and restrictions lifted across the world due to fewer cases of COVID infections and deaths reported for the last months compared to other periods, many people thought that the horror is finally over and that the pandemic is taking its last breath. But guess what, the officials are there once again to shatter our dreams.
As Yahoo News reveals, COVID infections are currently rising rapidly in the US and other countries, while deaths and hospitalizations due to the coronavirus are once again approaching precedented levels. The main reasons are believed to be the spread of the so-called Delta variant and the stalled vaccination drives.
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Maria Van Kerkhove, a World Health Organization epidemiologist, declared for The Washington Post as quoted by Yahoo News:
We’re getting further away from the end than we should be,
We’re in a bad place right now globally.
People and their political leaders from different parts of the world are not always clinging to the same measures as they did during other periods of the COVID pandemic.
Francis Collins, the National Institutes of Health Director, is also worried about the situation, as he declared for The Washington Post while also cited by Yahoo News:
It’s like we’ve been to this movie several times in the last year and a half, and it doesn’t end well,
Somehow, we’re running the tape again. It’s all predictable.
According to worldometers.info, the COVID pandemic has caused a total of more than 191.1 million infections and a death toll of more than 4.1 million people. According to the same website, there’s also some good news: more than 174 million COVID patients had been recovered. Again, judging by the overall numbers since the first coronavirus outbreak, the USA remains the most affected country with over 34.9 million infections and a death toll that exceeds 624,000 people.