The spread of COVID-19 was being driven by people in their 20s, 30s and 40s, many of which were unaware that they were infected, The World Health Organization said.
This poses a danger to vulnerable groups, including the elderly and sick people, WHO Western Pacific regional director, Takeshi Kasai said.
“The epidemic is changing,” Kasai told a virtual briefing. “People in their 20s, 30s and 40s are increasingly driving the spread. Many are unaware they are infected.”
“This increases the risk of spillovers to the more vulnerable. What we are observing is not simply a resurgence. We believe it’s a signal that we have entered a new phase of the pandemic in the Asia-Pacific,” he added.