The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged governments across the world to deploy measures like masking and improved ventilation amid unacceptably high numbers of deaths.
While many governments of wealthier countries have all but abandoned coronavirus restrictions following successful vaccine rollouts, the organisation’s director-general emphasised that the pandemic is “nowhere near over”.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said sub-variants of Omicron continue to drive new waves of cases, hospitalisations and deaths around the world. Amid increasing COVID transmission and rising hospitalisations, Dr Tedros urged governments to “deploy tried and tested measures like masking, improved ventilation and test and trace protocols”.
Dr Ghebreyesus continued: “new waves of the virus demonstrate against that the COVID-19 is nowhere near over.
“As the virus pushes at us, we must push back. We’re in a much better position than at the beginning of the pandemic. Of course, there’s been a lot of progress. We have safe and effective tools that prevent infections, hospitalisations and deaths. However, we should not take them for granted”.
The World Health Organisation’s concerns should be taken seriously. As a nation heavily dependent on tourism and international travel, we should all be doing what we can to ensure that we keep track and limit the spread of COVID-19.
We can easily do this by getting tested regularly. Seychelles Medical Services tests at every hotel across Seychelles, on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. We also have clinics at Berjaya hotel, Boathouse Beau Vallon, Eden Island and we’re also open 24/7 at the airport. Just book through our website and enjoy 20% off!
Through www.pcrtest.sc, you can make a quick booking at any of our clinics. You may not necessarily need a PCR test or Rapid Antigen Test to travel internationally, but COVID-19 is unpredictable and it is mutating. Having a test protects yourself, others and also gives you peace of mind for any unforeseeable changes.