Silva Cossa, the caretaker, ties ribbons onto the fence to represents a South African who has died from Covid-19, at St James Presbyterian church in Bedford Gardens, Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Among those allowing their frustrations to cause them to break rules are young people across the world.
"Young people are not invincible", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference in Geneva. He admitted that it has been tough to convince the youth of the risks they face.
The leader of the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia on Monday warned young people to stop partying to help halt a surge in new cases or local authorities may have to reimpose harsh restrictions.
Straying away from initial hopes that coronavirus (COVID-19) was seasonal, a World Health Organization (WHO) officials said that cold and flu season doesn't apply to the virus.
"Evidence suggests that spikes of cases in some countries are being driven in part by younger people letting down their guard during the northern hemisphere summer", Ghebreyesus said.
"We are asking for all people, including young people, to be your own risk manager" and avoid behaviours that could easily increase transmission of the disease.
Alongside her, the WHO's emergencies director Michael Ryan said he had been surprised by how slowly some countries reacted, reports Reuters.
"This disease while it may be mild, it may be moderate, it can affect many organs", he said.
"Why take the chance? Why take the risk?" "Play it safe, use your brain, use your mind".
Earlier in July, it urged travellers to wear masks on planes and keep themselves informed as COVID-19 cases surge again in some countries.
"We just don't know what the long-term impact of those infections will be", he said, pointing to a study in Germany following COVID-19 patients who were never admitted to hospital, which hinted the long-term impacts could be serious. An additional 24 deaths were reported, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 3009.