WHO warns of pandemic to become deadlier this year

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Image: Screengrab from video tweeted by @WHO
Image: Screengrab from video tweeted by @WHO

New Delhi : World Health Organization experts have said that the second year of coronavirus pandemic will be deadlier than the first one. The statement comes after Japan announced to suspend Olympics this year due to increasing number of coronavirus in the world.

"We're on track for the second year of this pandemic to be far more deadly than the first," said the World Health Organization's director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The things became darker in Japan where a set of campaigners have signed a petition with more than 350,000 signatures in favour of calling off the Olympics game.

With Tokyo and other areas already under emergency orders until the end of May, Hiroshima, Okayama and northern Hokkaido, which will host the Olympic marathon, will now join them.

The move to cancel the game comes as fourth wave of coronavirus strained Japan's medical system.

Kenji Utsunomiya, once candidate for Tokyo governor, urged Games organisers to "prioritise life" over ceremony as he submitted the petition to capital authorities.

The pandemic has killed at least 3,346,813 people worldwide since the virus first emerged in late 2019, according to an AFP tally of official data.

The island has been a global leader in containing the pandemic, with just 1,290 confirmed cases and 12 deaths.