KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 — A World Health Organization (WHO) official has blamed an increase of Covid-19 cases in the northern hemisphere to the failure to quarantine people exposed to the coronavirus.
The Guardian reported WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan as saying that about half of 48 nations in the WHO’s European region have seen about a 50 per cent increase in Covid-19 cases in the past week.
Ryan was quoted saying that if he could have one wish, it would be to ensure “every contact of a confirmed case is in quarantine for the appropriate period”.
“I do not believe that has occurred systematically, anywhere,” Ryan reportedly said, adding it was “a good part of the reason why we’re seeing such high numbers”.
Over 40 million people worldwide have now been infected with Covid-19.
The Guardian reported that the average age of people with Covid-19 is now much younger, treatment has improved, and people infected with coronavirus may have been less exposed to the virus because of social distancing and face mask wearing.