The World Health Organization declared this week that the COVID-19 epidemic is almost over as the number of reported deaths fell to its lowest level since March 2020.
World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated at a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday that “we have never been in a stronger position to terminate the pandemic.” “The end is close, but we’re not there yet.”
Despite his warning against loosening off on prevention efforts, he claimed that this could be a turning point.
Tedros compared the effort to what a marathon runner would put forth as they neared the finish line.
The worst moment to stop running is right now, he declared. The time has come to run faster and ensure that we reach the finish line and receive all the benefits of our labour.
Globally, deaths decreased by 22% over the preceding week to little over 11,000, according to the UN health agency. The number of new cases decreased by 28%, continuing a global reduction in previous weeks.
According to CNN, the Philippines, Japan, Russia, Brazil, and the United States all reported having more weekly fatalities than any other country.
In other nations, case counts continue to be underreported.
Prior to the anticipated winter COVID-19 surge, the organisation “released a collection of policy briefs for nations to boost their efforts against the coronavirus, warning that new varieties could potentially erase the progress done to date,” according to the Associated Press.
“Let’s take advantage of this chance,” Tedros said. “There is still a risk of more mutations, deaths, disruption, and uncertainty.”