Geneva, Jan 19: The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that Omicron variant of the coronavirus is causing hospitalisations and deaths worldwide.
“Make no mistake, Omicron is causing hospitalisations and deaths, and even the less severe cases are inundating health facilities,” said the WHO chief.
“Omicron may be less severe, on average, but the narrative that it is a mild disease is misleading, hurts the overall response and costs more lives,” he added.
“For many countries, the next few weeks remain really critical for health systems. I urge everyone to do their best to reduce risk of infection so that you can help take pressure off the system,” he emphasised.
Meanwhile, the global coronavirus caseload has topped 333.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.55 million and vaccinations to over 9.68 billion. India on Wednesday reported 2,82,970 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which is a rise of over 18 per cent from the previous day’s count.