The World Health Organization at a virtual press briefing on Tuesday sounded alarm over a ‘new phase’ of the pandemic, stressing on the Asia-Pacific region where people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s are propelling the virus.
WHO Western Pacific regional director, Takeshi Kasai, said young people are not aware they’re infected, thanks to the asymptomatic nature of the virus, and are unknowingly spreading the virus to the vulnerable groups.
This is not the first time health authorities around the world have been raising concerns about the carelessness of the youth and the active role they’re playing in spreading the virus.
“Younger people also need to take on board that they have a responsibility. Ask yourself the question: do I really need to go to that party?” WHO emergencies chief told in an online discussion earlier this month.
“The epidemic is changing,” Takeshi Kasai said, “this increases the risk of spillovers to the more vulnerable,” he added.
A number of countries in the recent week have noted a resurgence of cases, prompting the gradually reopening economies to shut down all over again to curb the spread.
According to WHO’s the technical lead on the Covid-19 pandemic, Maria Van Kerkhove – among the host of people who develop visible symptoms there is a subset of individuals who show no apparent symptoms of the diseases including dry cough, tiredness and so on.
“[…] to truly understand how many people don’t have symptoms, we don’t actually have that answer yet,” Kerkhove said last month.
More than 21 million people have been impacted by the virus that has spread to almost every corners of the world, as per Johns Hopkins tally. Nearly 774,053 people have died so far from the virus.
“What we are observing is not simply a resurgence. We believe it’s a signal that we have entered a new phase of pandemic in the Asia-Pacific,” Kasai said.