'Be vigilant', WHO tells Southeast Asia countries amid case surge, emergence of new variant

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NEW DELHI: Amid the detection of a new coronavirus variant and surge in cases elsewhere, the WHO Saturday asked countries in the southeast Asia region to scale up surveillance, strengthen public health and social measures, and enhance vaccination coverage. The global health body said festivities and celebrations must include all precautionary measures and crowds and large gatherings must be avoided. "At no cost should we let our guards down," said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO, South-East Asia Region. "Though COVID-19 cases have been declining in most countries of our Region, the surge in cases elsewhere in the world...