New Delhi: The novel coronavirus has had a devastating impact around the globe, but the World Health Organization warned that worse pandemics could lie ahead, urging the world to get serious about preparedness.
This is a wakeup call, WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan told reporters at a briefing marking a year since the UN agency first learned of the new virus spreading in China.
Since then, Covid-19 has killed nearly 1.8 million people around the world, out of over 80 million infected.
This pandemic has been very severe, Ryan acknowledged.
It has spread around the world extremely quickly and it has affected every corner of this planet, but this is not necessarily the big one.
He stressed that while the virus is very transmissible, and it kills people... its current case fatality (rate) is reasonably low in comparison to other emerging diseases.
We need to get ready for something that may even be more severe in the future.