The World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday referred to as upon nations in its south-east Asia area to scale up public health infrastructure, rigorously implement social measures and make efforts to speed up vaccination to prevent another COVID-19 surge.
This week, Maldives and Myanmar confirmed the transmission of coronavirus variants of concern. Earlier, variants of concern have been confirmed in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste, the worldwide health physique stated.
The coronavirus variants of concern together with the opening of economies and societies contributed to the latest surge in instances globally.
“We want to repeatedly strengthen our efforts to check, hint and isolate. Physical distancing, hand hygiene and correct carrying of masks want to be stringently carried out.
“These measures should be in full force and for longer periods in areas reporting more transmissible variants of concerns,” stated Poonam Khetrapal Singh, the Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia.
Even as nations scale up vaccination in opposition to COVID-19, they want to implement public health and social measures in a tailor-made and agile method, she stated.
Singh, in an announcement, stated a risk-based strategy is required for public health and social measures and these measures needs to be carried out by the bottom administrative stage and adjusted to the depth of transmission and the capability of health methods.
Various nations are presently at totally different phases within the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and are going through various epidemiological conditions. Though the area is now witnessing an total decline in instances primarily due to a dip in instances in India, in another nations are nonetheless seeing a spike in instances.
“We must not forget that the pandemic is still around and must guard against complacency at any level. We must continue to implement combinations of public health and social measures until globally there is high vaccine coverage among health workers, and high-risk and vulnerable groups,” Singh stated within the assertion.