Second year of pandemic “could be even tougher”: WHO’s Ryan

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GENEVA, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The second year of the COVID-19 pandemic could be tougher than the first given how the coronavirus is spreading, especially in the northern hemisphere, as more infectious variants begin to circulate, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday.

“Going into a second year could be even tougher because of some transmission dynamics,” WHO’s Mike Ryan said during a social media event.

In the latest epidemiological update from the WHO, issued overnight, it was indicated that after two weeks of reports of fewer cases, in the last week five million new cases were registered.

“After the holidays, the situation will get a lot worse in some countries before it gets better,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical chief for COVID-19.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva and John Miller in Zurich; edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano)

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