KEY POINTS
  • The WHO said the trajectory of the pandemic is now "growing exponentially" at more than 4.4 million new Covid-19 cases.
  • Maria Van Kerkhove, the agency's technical lead for Covid-19, said "we're in a critical point of the pandemic."
  • "This is not the situation we want to be in 16 months into a pandemic where we have proven control measures," she said.
Bochnia Hospital paramedics wear protective equipment as they transport a patient suffering of COVID-19 to a local hospital on March 17, 2021 in Bochnia, Poland.

The World Health Organization said Monday the trajectory of the coronavirus pandemic is now "growing exponentially," with more than 4.4 million new Covid-19 cases reported over the last week.

Maria Van Kerkhove, the agency's technical lead for Covid-19, said "we're in a critical point of the pandemic," as some countries ease restrictions even as new cases per week are more than eight times higher than a year ago.