WHO: Pandemic to be ‘far more deadly’ this year

The World Health Organization on Monday classified a coronavirus mutation first detected in India as a "variant of concern" for global health
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The World Health Organization has issued a grim warning that the second year of Covid-19 was set to be “far more deadly.”

“We’re on track for the second year of this pandemic to be far more deadly than the first,” said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The pandemic has killed at least 3,370,773 people worldwide since the virus first emerged in late 2019.

Covid-19 has infected some 162 million people and killed more than 3.3 million globally.

India struggles to cope with dire virus crisis

India, still struggling to deal with its dire virus crisis, reported 326,098 new infections over the past 24 hours, taking its tally to 24.37 million, while daily deaths showed a slight fall, to 3,890.

Over the past week, the south Asian nation has added about 1.7 million new cases and more than 20,000 deaths.

Its death toll stands at 266,207, health ministry data shows.