The COVID-19 outbreak began a little more than a year ago, gradually covering all seven continents and 191 countries or regions. Official records show that there have been more than 92 million cases recorded thus far, with 1.97 million deaths.
Over the last month or so however, the situation has improved somewhat. While cases continue to be recorded, multiple vaccines have joined the fray, and despite the threat posed by new mutated strains of the virus, the jabs remain effective. But even as businesses reopen their office doors and people claim that the pandemic “is over”, the World Health Organisation has struck a cautionary note.
“We are going into the second year, this could be tougher given the transmission dynamics and some issues we see,” Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme Michael Ryan said during a Q&A session on Wednesday.