WHO'snew warning on Covid

Two years after the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe and central Asia, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the region could be entering a new phase in the pandemic with plausible hope for stabilisation.

The pandemic is far from over, but I am hopeful we can end the emergency phase in 2022 and address other health threats that urgently require our attention, WHO Regional Director for Europe, Hans Kluge said in a statement on Monday.

 Nevertheless, he warned in the statement that "it is far too early to relax because new Covid-19 variants are almost certain to emerge, Xinhua news agency reported. With the millions of infections occurring in the world in recent and coming weeks, coupled with waning immunity and winter seasonality, it is almost a given that new Covid-19 variants will emerge and return, he added.