WHO expects an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections due to the season, but does not expect an increase in deaths, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
“We expect the number of registered cases of COVID-19 to increase. But the number of deaths is not expected to increase, given that we have vaccines and therapeutics that can save lives,” he told a news conference. Tedros added that Omicron remains the dominant strain globally, with the organization tracking more than 300 substrains.
“We continue to call on all countries to strengthen surveillance, testing and sequencing and to ensure vaccination of the most at-risk groups,” the doctor urged.