World Health Organization Emergency Program Director Michael Ryan speculates that the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic will be more severe than the first,
“We’re entering the second year of the pandemic – and it could be even more severe, given the dynamics of its coronavirus – the spread and some of the problems we’re seeing,” he said.
According to Ryan, the information the organization has received in the past two weeks indicates that the incidence of the disease “has peaked again.”
The WHO spokesman added that a “perfect storm” has been detected in the Northern Hemisphere, particularly in Europe and North America.
Brine cited cold weather, crowding indoors, and circulating new strains of the coronavirus as the main factors leading to the increased spread of infection.
According to WHO, the number of COVID-19 infections worldwide has exceeded 90 million and nearly two million people have died. In the past 24 hours, there have been 546,016 new cases of coronavirus and 9,884 deaths worldwide.
On March 11, 2020, the organization declared the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.