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WHO says war in Ukraine will increase Covid transmission


After crossing the border in Poland on February 27, 2022 at Kroscienko (Poland), people bring their bags.

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On Wednesday, the WHO stated that mass displacement in Ukraine would increase Covid transmission. It also warned of serious disease risk as low oxygen levels could lead to large populations.

Dr. Bruce Aylward is a Senior Advisor at WHO and warned that infectious diseases exploit the war-time conditions. He also said that refugees are especially vulnerable to serious disease and death.

According to WHO, at least three of the major oxygen plants in Ukraine are currently closed due to fighting. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO stated that medical supplies sent to Kyiv prior to Russia’s invasion are now unavailable. Tedros called on Ukraine to establish a humanitarian corridor that can deliver critical supplies. The WHO also reports that there’s a shortage in insulin and medicine for cancer.

The WHO director stated that mass displacements of people would increase Covid transmission. This will also put increased pressure upon health-care systems within neighboring countries.

Tedros stated at the press conference that “Prior the conflict,” Ukraine had seen a recent spike in cases of Covid-19. Low rates of vaccination and testing have led to a low rate of transmission since the outbreak of conflict. This increase the likelihood of many people contracting severe illness.

Tedros said health facilities have come under attack during the war — without naming Russia. Dr. Mike Ryan (head of WHO emergency programs), said that Russia is not the aggressor and the WHO does not wish to be involved in politics. However, he did ask Moscow for a reconsideration.

Ryan indicated that WHO was delivering equipment for surgical procedures such as skin and bone transplants, and amputations. Tedros announced that six tonnes of trauma supplies and surgical supplies arrived in Poland this Thursday. This will provide medical equipment for 1,000 patients, as well as other supplies needed to assist 150,000 others.

U.N. aid agency warned of a new Covid contagion, as many thousands fled the Russian invasion in Ukraine. According to the report of The U.N. Relief Agency, Ukraine saw a 5555% rise in Covid cases between January and February. This was mainly due to omicron. U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

U.N. Relief agency said that Covid, in addition to people who were injured during the conflict, would put more strain on Ukraine’s already-strained health-care system.

Europe saw more than 5.5million Covid cases last week. That’s 24% lower than the week before. according to data from the WHO.The data shows that more than 22,000 Covid victims died in Europe in the week ending September 30, 2012.

The omicron wave is causing covid cases to decline in all regions of the globe, except for the Western Pacific. According to WHO, more than 10,000,000 new infections were reported and over 60,000 deaths worldwide in the last week.