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WHO warns Xmas may go from cheerful to tearful

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If people let their guard down, Yuletide celebrations may be cause for tears, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).


According to the health body’s head, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, due to rising coronavirus deaths, the public should “very carefully” rethink their Christmas plans. According to their data, a 60% increase of Covid19 cases has been seen all over the world.


“The festive season is a time to relax and celebrate but…[it] can very quickly turn to sadness if we fail to take the right precautions,” he said in a conference.


WHO technical lead on Covid, Maria Van Kerhove, said that Europe had experienced an almost 100% increase in deaths per week in the past six weeks, while a 54% and 50% rise has occurred in the Americas and Africa, respectively.


“This virus is still circulating,” she said. “Most of the world remains at risk.”
Emergencies director Michael Ryan added that the virus had yet to settle down into a predictable pattern: “The situation globally is still very epidemiologically unstable.”


As the holidays draw closer, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases disallowed Christmas parties, which included large family reunions or clan gatherings, as well as caroling. Metro Manila will remain under general community quarantine at least until the end of the year, to avoid an uptick in coronavirus cases.

Photo: The Times


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