WHO: COVID-19 augmenting cases among younger generation increases risk for vulnerable groups worldwide

The World Health Organization has raised concerns over the spread of novel coronavirus by the younger generation, mainly by those who are in their 20s, 30s and 40s. The health organisation said that most of the people are unaware they were infected, posing a danger to vulnerable groups.

WHO Western Pacific regional director, Takeshi Kasai, said, “The epidemic is changing … People in their 20s, 30s and 40s are increasingly driving the spread. Many are unaware they are infected.”

“This increases the risk of spillovers to the more vulnerable,” he added.

“What we are observing is not simply a resurgence. We believe it’s a signal that we have entered a new phase of pandemic in the Asia-Pacific,” Kasai said.

WHO officials said this month the proportion of younger people among those infected had risen globally, putting at risk vulnerable sectors of the population worldwide. A surge in new cases has prompted some countries to reimpose curbs.

Takeshi Kasai said countries were better able to reduce disruption to lives and economies by combining early detection and response to manage infections.

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