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WHO: Pandemic at ‘critical point,’ cases growing exponentially

The Covid-19 pandemic is in a critical phase, the World Health Organization says, warning cases are surging despite proven measures to rein in the spread.

“We are in a critical point of the pandemic right now,” Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on COVID-19, tells reporters.

“The trajectory of this pandemic is growing. It is growing exponentially. This is not the situation we want to be in 16 months into a pandemic, when we have proven control measures,” she says.

People get nasal swabs taken for coronavirus tests in the Mare Complex favela of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, April 8, 2021. (AP/Silvia Izquierdo)
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