Mumbai: The new coronavirus strain discovered in the UK with a higher transmission rate is not out of control and can be contained using existing measures, the WHO said
“The pandemic has high pollution rates at various points and we have kept it under control,” WHO’s emergencies chief Michael Ryan told a press conference
So this situation is not out of control in this sense. But it cannot be left to its own devices.
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock had previously claimed that the new version was “out of control”, with British officials saying it was 70 per cent more permeable than the main strain.
“The measures we currently have are the right measures,” Ryan said.
“We need to do what we are doing, we just have to do it with a little more intensity and for a while make sure that we can get this virus under control.”
Roughly 30 countries have closed their borders to people traveling from Britain or South Africa – where another version has emerged – to prevent any further proliferation.
“In some senses, that means we’ll have to work harder,” Ryan said. “Even if the virus has become a little more efficient at spreading, the virus can be stopped.”