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New epidemic is expected within 5 years

Saudi Arabia requires receiving a booster dose to enter the Two Holy Mosques
Saudi Arabia requires receiving a booster dose to enter the Two Holy Mosques

According to a report by the Group of Twenty  (G20), the world is expected to be vulnerable to a new epidemic during the next 10 years, amid calls to be ready or prepared to deal with the repercussions of that disease, taking advantage of what it has experienced during its dealings with the Coronavirus.

 Last week is deserved to be described as catastrophic in terms of the increase in the number of infections with the Coronavirus, with a new wave that raised the number of infections in it by 11% compared to the previous one, with about 416,000 daily infections recorded around the world.

The epidemic index had decreased from the end of April until mid-June last, before re-rising last week, with an increase of 34% in Europe, 26% in the United States and Canada together, 23% in Africa, 18% in the Middle East, and 13% in Asia.

If the European Nations matches and the openness they witnessed to the mass attendance contributed to the increase in infections in Europe in particular, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, explained that the available evidence indicates that the new strains have significantly increased the transmission of infection globally, especially in areas with low vaccination rates.

Corona returned to strike hard also in the Arab countries, as Lebanon ended last week, recording 404 new injuries at the end of the week, bringing the number of injuries in it to 547,170 injuries by the end of the week, compared to 7,871 deaths.

Morocco ended last week with 1,250 new infections, bringing the total to 539,839, compared to 9,351 cases.

While Iraq ended it with 8,636 new injuries, bringing its total injuries to 1414925, compared to 17,476 deaths.

Algeria ended it with 831 new injuries, bringing the number of its injuries to 144,483, compared to 3,811 deaths.

Kuwait also ended it with 1,617 new injuries, bringing the total injuries to 372,549 cases, and 2,089 deaths.

Globally, last week ended with staggering numbers, as India ended it with 39,152 injuries, Indonesia with 38,124 injuries, Britain with 35,707 new injuries, America with 26,474 new injuries.

 In the face of this frightening outbreak, a report of the Group of Twenty recommended that the world should double its investments to avoid a pandemic similar to Covid 19, warning that the next health disaster could occur within 10 years.

“There is a high probability that the next pandemic will come within a decade, and be caused by a new influenza strain, another coronavirus, or another dangerous pathogen,” he added.

The report pointed out that “the impact on human health and the global economy could be more profound.”

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