We start with the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who said in a press conference yesterday, Monday, that the world can control the global “Covid-19” pandemic in the coming months, provided the necessary resources are distributed fairly.
However, Tedros also expressed his concern about the “terrifying rate” at which “Covid-19” is spreading among the age group of 25 to 59 years, which could be caused by the more contagious strains.
He said that the increase may be attributed to the more prevalent mutated strains in terms of infection, and the fact that there is more social mixing between this age group.
He added that “9 months have passed to reach a million deaths, 4 months have passed to reach 2 million deaths, and 3 months have passed to reach 3 million deaths.”
And combined data showed that the total number of Coronavirus infections worldwide reached 142.1 million as of Tuesday morning, while the number of vaccines that were administered around the world reached 910 million.
The data also showed that the number of people recovered exceeded 81.3 million, while the total deaths increased to 3 million and 30 thousand cases.
Why have injuries soared?
There are several possible reasons for the resurgence of infections despite vaccination campaigns, such as:
New mutated strains
In Britain, for example, the chief medical advisor in the NHS Track and Trace program said that some British citizens who received the first dose of the Coronavirus vaccine had subsequently been infected with mutated strains of the virus, according to a report. Published it The Independent newspaper (The Independent).
During a television interview with the BBC, Dr. Susan Hopkins explained that the mutated South African strain and Kent (the British strain) were identified in people who “received their first dose of the vaccine.”
Hopkins said, “This is expected, we know that these vaccines do not protect you 100% from infection, which is why we ask people to be careful.”
She added, “It can be seen that they (ie vaccines) are not good at preventing infection with the virus and its transmission against the South African variant, as is the case with the strain that we have (the British strain).”
Dr. Hopkins indicated that vaccines provide some protection against the variants, because they act as the basis for a person’s immune system, explaining that “when your immune system is exposed to a variety of the same virus, it responds faster and more conveniently to protect you from severe disease.”
The Independent newspaper said that a large number of infections with the mutated South African strain were recorded in South London, and it was found that the British strain – which appeared in the United Kingdom last year – is more transmissible than the virus in its original form.
The newspaper report indicates that scientists are concerned about the emergence of a new strain of the virus that was first identified in India, and about 70 cases of the Indian strain known as “B.1.617” (B.1.617) have been recorded in the United Kingdom.
Dr Hopkins says there is not enough data yet to classify the strain as a “variable of concern,” but investigations are underway.
According to data, even people who received two vaccine doses will need booster doses, as British Health Minister Matt Hancock said on Monday that the British will receive booster doses to improve the effectiveness of their anti-Coronavirus vaccines.
In a briefing to lawmakers on dealing with the epidemic, Hancock said that the government “is ramping up plans” to obtain an additional dose to ensure that vaccines continue to keep pace with the mutation of the virus.
“The biggest risk to our progress here in the United Kingdom is a new strain against which the vaccine does not work well,” he said.
“We know from our response to other viruses such as influenza that we need updated vaccines to treat the mutated viruses, so as we complete the first and second doses program, we intensify our plans to get a booster dose,” he said.
A false sense of security
A second reason may be the increase in infections is the presence of a false sense of safety from Corona, which prompts people to be complacent in applying preventive measures and social distancing, for example a hospital in the German city of Dortmund witnessed an outbreak of Coronavirus infections due to a visitor who entered the hospital with a false negative result for the virus detection test.
A hospital spokesman said yesterday that the number of infections at the present time is 26 cases, including 18 cases for patients and 8 cases for hospital employees due to the entry of the virus, indicating that part of the infected people did not show symptoms, while the symptoms for the other part were mild.
More than a week ago, the visitor had submitted a negative certificate for a rapid test, with the purpose of visiting a patient in the hospital, but then it was found that the visitor had a Coronavirus infection, and as a result, 300 patients and employees were tested.
In the context of this incident, the hospital spokesperson warned against relying on a false sense of safety just to obtain a negative result and not take preventive measures, and said that “such a negative result of the rapid test is not a free travel ticket, so it is necessary to adhere to the compulsory wearing of the muzzle and the rules of spacing to avoid such a matter. “.
The spokesman added that it is not always possible to tell all visitors that a person can be contagious even with a negative result for the rapid test, and therefore he should not strike the precautionary measures against a wall.
Ignore wearing masks and social distancing
A third reason may be ignoring the wearing of masks and social distancing, and India may be an example, which was swept by a new epidemic wave that resulted in a million confirmed infections within a week and shook the authorities, according to a report by the French Press Agency.
At the beginning of the year, India believed that it had defeated the epidemic and launched a massive vaccination campaign, and the population ignored the wearing of masks and social distancing, and huge crowds participated in festivals and rallies.
But in hospitals, doctors sounded the alarm against the background of the high number of cases, amid a new phenomenon represented by the entry of more young people into hospitals due to their infection with the disease, which has always been considered more dangerous for the older groups.
And some doctors suggest that the reason why people under the age of 45 are more at risk is that they go out to work and eat meals outside the home than those who are older, but there is no conclusive evidence for this.
They may be more susceptible to a new mutated version known as a “double mutation” that was found in 60% of samples in the hardest-hit Maharashtra state.
Source : The Independent + Al Jazeera + agencies + Websites