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WHO warns young people as COVID-19 surges in many countries

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WORLD Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the resurgence of the coronavirus in many countries is “driven in part by younger people letting down their guard during the Northern Hemisphere summer. 

“Young adults, many without masks, are ignoring social distancing recommendations to pack bars, nightclubs, and beaches that have been reopened since authorities lifted coronavirus restrictions,’ he said.

“The majority of young people infected tend to have more mild disease. But that’s not always consistent, young people who show mild or no symptoms can spread the virus to more-vulnerable older people.” said Maria Van Kerkhove, a WHO epidemiologist who called nightclubs “amplifiers of transmission.”

In her reaction, WHO Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said “We are concerned that … we will see an increase in cases as we have seen in [other] countries” where restrictions have been eased too soon”

She said more than 20 African countries have recorded more new cases than in the previous weeks, with South Africa accounting for the most but increases also reported in Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe. She also affirmed that Uganda, Seychelles and Mauritius are doing well in controlling the virus.

Meanwhile in Spain, the leader of the Catalonia region has warned young adults to stop partying or authorities may have to reimpose harsh restrictions.

Also, in Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, government has reimposed a two-week lockdown on thursday after a surge in new confirmed COVID-19 cases. The increase came as the WHO warned of easing coronavirus restrictions throughout Africa. The WHO says the number of infections on the continent has doubled in the past month.

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