End of the COVID-19 pandemic ‘is in sight’, WHO chief says

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WHO has urged countries to continue their efforts to fight the disease, which has recorded the lowest number of cases since March 2020.

The number of new reported cases of COVID-19 has dropped dramatically, with the head of the World Health Organization urging nations to continue their efforts against the disease, which has killed more than six million People’s lives have been taken.

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“We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in a virtual news conference on Wednesday.

“We’re not there yet, but the end is near.”

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Tedros said there have been new cases of the disease, which has killed millions and infected 606 million since it appeared in late 2019, last week the lowest level since March 2020.

“If we don’t take advantage of this opportunity now, we risk more types, more deaths, more disruption and more uncertainty.”

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To help countries do what is needed to rein in the virus, the WHO published six policy briefs.

“These policy briefs are an urgent call for governments to take a closer look at their policies and strengthen them against COVID-19 and future pathogens,” Tedros said.

He also urged nations to vaccinate and test 100 per cent of their high-risk groups for the virus.

The rollout of vaccines and treatments has helped reduce the severity of the disease.

The WHO warned of the possibility of future waves of the virus and said countries needed to maintain adequate supplies of medical equipment and health workers.

Maria Van Kerkhove, senior epidemiologist at the WHO, said: “We expect there will be waves of infections in the future, potentially at different time points around the world with different subtypes of omicrons or even of concern. Because of different forms.”

Monkeypox cases were also decreasing but Tedros urged countries to continue fighting.

WHO officials said last month that it was possible to end the monkeypox outbreak in Europe by stepping up vaccination and testing.

“As is the case with COVID-19, this is not the time to relax or let our guard down.”

Last week, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said that, for the first time in its history, the Human Development Index (HDI) has declined for two consecutive years due to crises such as COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine. . The HDI is a measure of countries’ life expectancy, education level and standard of living.

Credit: www.aljazeera.com /

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