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WHO says COVID-19 pandemic will last longer than anticipated due to wrong country policies

Maria Van Kerkhove, epidemiologist and technical director of the World Health Organization (WHO) on COVID-19, warned that the world is moving away from the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Writes about it "Voice of America".

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According to her, this is due to the emergence of new variants of the virus, non-compliance with preventive measures and a lack of vaccines.

Van Kerkhove noted that over the past week, the number of new cases of the disease in the world has increased by 11,5%, and the number of deaths has increased by 1%.

She noted that in Europe, the number of cases of infection increased by 21%, and in the western part of the Pacific Ocean - by 30%.

“We are in a very dangerous situation,” she said. "The situation is getting more and more complex and we are getting further and further from the end of this pandemic than we should be at the moment."

The skyrocketing numbers of cases in the US and abroad are fueling fears of a resurgent pandemic and causing stock market turmoil.

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Fears that outbreaks could undermine the economic recovery led to the Dow Jones index falling more than 2% on Monday, July 19.

Asian markets closed in the red. The Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong showed the largest decline, falling more than 1,8 percent. European markets fell even more, with the German DAX and French CAC40 falling more than 2,5 percent.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 750 points.

Companies whose position is tied to the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic were hit hard in early trading. Shares of the cruise line Carnival Cruises, American Airlines and United Airlines fell more than 7%.

Oil prices also fell. Brent crude, the international benchmark, fell more than 4,7 percent to sell at $ 70,10 a barrel. West Texas Intermediate, the benchmark for US crude, fell more than 5 percent to $ 68,09.

US President Joe Biden said the economic recovery depends on getting the pandemic under control. He added that 40% of new cases were in four states with low vaccination rates.

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“Please get vaccinated,” Biden urged. "Get vaccinated now."

The average daily number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States has tripled over the past 30 days. From June 18 to July 18, it increased from 12 to 004.

The average number of COVID-19 hospitalizations over the past 30 days has grown by 21%, from 16 to over 19.

Mortality also rose more than 25% from the previous seven days, averaging 250 people per day.

Fewer than 400 Americans receive their first dose of vaccine per day, up from more than 2 million in April. More than 90 million people eligible for the vaccine have not taken advantage of it.

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