The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about the increase in corona cases in several countries ahead of the coming winter. Unfortunately, not all countries are reporting cases anymore, but among those informing the WHO, hospital admissions and treatment for Covid-19 in intensive care units have increased, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in Geneva.

He named the American continent and Europe. The proportion of vaccinated people in the risk groups is worryingly low. “Covid-19 may no longer be as acute a crisis as it was two years ago, but that does not mean we can ignore the disease,” Tedros said.

According to previous studies, the variants that are circulating do not cause more severe disease than the previously known variants, said Covid-19 specialist Maria Van Kerkhove. She called on governments to continue testing so that the spread of variants can be monitored. She emphasized that the known protective measures against infection are still effective and should be applied: including ventilating rooms, disinfecting hands, wearing masks in crowded rooms and getting vaccinated.