The coronavirus is changing rapidly, causing infections to surge, a special envoy to the global health group has told Sky News
World Health Organization envoy Dr. David Nabarro is shown at a September 2016 United Nations event in New York. © Getty Images / Michael Loccisano
Covid-19 infections are rising again because the virus is continually mutating, staying a step ahead of efforts to stop it, a World Health Organization (WHO) envoy has said.
“The reason why we’ve got an increase is it’s changed yet again, and it’s become too clever for us,” Dr. David Nabarro, special envoy on Covid-19 for the WHO, said on Thursday in an interview with the UK’s Sky News. “It can break past our immune defenses, and that’s why the numbers are going up.”
People have largely stopped taking precautions against the spread of Covid-19, such as wearing face coverings, which is contributing to increasing infections, Nabarro said. “My advice to everyone is please, this virus hasn’t gone away. It’s not killing so many people, but it is really unpleasant, especially if you get long Covid.”
Nabarro, who urged people to “respect the virus,” made his comments two days after the WHO’s director called for governments around the world to bring back masking and social-distancing mandates. “The virus is running freely, and countries are not effectively managing the disease,” WHO chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in a weekly briefing.