People stand in queue to buy tickets to return home after West Bengals government announced a 15-day lockdown to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, at a bus station in Kolkata on May 15, 2021
People stand in queue to buy tickets to return home after West Bengals government announced a 15-day lockdown to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, at a bus station in Kolkata on May 15, 2021
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United Nations: India’s Covid-19 situation remains hugely concerning, with several states continuing to see a worrying number of cases, hospitalisations and deaths, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday, warning that the pandemic’s second year will be “far more deadly” than the first for the world.

Ghebreyesus added that the WHO is responding to the Covid-19 surge in India and has shipped thousands of oxygen concentrators, tents for mobile field hospitals, masks and other medical supplies.

“India remains hugely concerning, with several states continuing to see a worrying number of cases, hospitalisations and deaths,” he said at the daily media briefing.

“And we thank all the stakeholders who are supporting India,” the WHO Director-General said.

India is in the midst of a deadly wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with 3,43,144 people testing positive for the virus on Friday, taking the country’s caseload to 2,40,46,809. The death toll stands at 2,62,317.

Ghebreyesus pointed out that the emergency-like situation was not restricted to India.

“Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Egypt are just some of the countries that are dealing with spikes in cases and hospitalisations,” he said adding that some countries in the Americas still have high numbers of cases and as a region, the Americas accounted for 40 per cent of all COVID-19 deaths last week.

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