WHO Says New COVID-19 Variant Not Out Of Control

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The World Health Organisation has said the new coronavirus variant that broke out in Britain with a seemingly higher transmission rate is not yet out of control and can be contained using existing measures, Njenje Media News reports.

According to WHO’s emergencies Chief Michael Ryan;

“We have had a much higher (contamination rate) at different points in this pandemic and we’ve got it under control,”

“So this situation is not in that sense out of control.

But it cannot be left to its own devices.”

Njenje Media News recalls that British Health Secretary Matt Hancock had earlier asserted that the new variant was “out of control”, with British officials saying it was 70 percent more transmissible than the main strain.

“The measures we currently have in place are the correct measures,” Ryan said.

“We need to do what we have been doing, we may just have to do it with a little more intensity and for a little longer to make sure we can bring this virus under control.”

Roughly 30 countries shut their borders to people travelling from Britain or South Africa — where another variant has emerged — to stop any further spread.

“In some senses, it means we have to work harder,” Ryan said.

“Even if the virus has become a little bit more efficient in spreading, the virus can be stopped.”

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