WHO says Covid still global health emergency even as deaths fall to lowest level in two years
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Director-General, World Health Organization) speaks in Geneva, Switzerland on December 20, 2021.
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On Wednesday, the World Health Organization declared that Covid-19 is still a public health emergency worldwide despite the fact the number of deaths due to the virus has fallen to its lowest point since the beginning of the pandemic.
In the week ended April 10, more than 22,000 people died from Covid, which is the highest number of deaths since March 30, 2020 according to WHO data. Covid was declared a g1 by WHO for the first time in 2000.lobal health emergency on Jan. 30, 2020Just over one month has passed since the first outbreak of the virus in Wuhan (China).
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus WHO Director-General said the decline in Covid deaths is a good thing, however some countries continue to experience an increase in Covid cases. Tedros stated that the WHO committee unanimously agreed this week that Covid is still a serious public health crisis.
Tedros stated that this was not the right time to lose our guard but to do more to save lives during a Geneva press conference. It means, in particular, that Covid-19 tools will be equally distributed and health systems are strengthened.
WHO is urging world leaders and governments to ensure that 70% of all people are vaccinated against Covid before the end of 2012. According to WHO, however, less than 40 percent of countries have been vaccinated and 21 countries had vaccinated fewer than 10 percent of their population as of March.
Every part of the globe is seeing a decline in deaths and cases. according to the WHO’s latest epidemiological update.For the week ended April 10, the world saw 7.3 million infections, a decrease of 24% from the previous week. This is the lowest number since December 2012 when highly contagious Omicron variants were sweeping the globe.
The more dangerous omicron BA.2 variant has caused new outbreaks in Europe and China, as well as the United States. China has been fighting its most severe outbreak since 2020, while Europe is mostly out of its BA.2 waves. China has put Shanghai, an enormous financial centre of 25 millions, under lockdown.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the U.S. recorded more than 30,000 infections in Monday’s U.S., an increase of 20% over the previous week. However, the number of infections and hospitalizations is still higher than the peak of winter omicron waves in the U.S.
It’s easier to declare an epidemic than it is not,” Dr. Didier Hussin, chair of the WHO international emergency regulations health committee. This committee recommends whether transmission of virus is a matter of global emergency.
Houssin indicated that the WHO is currently working with the WHO to establish the time when the WHO may declare the world a health emergency.