WHO says ‘end is in sight’ for the Covid pandemic as global deaths hit lowest since March 2020

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The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that the Kovid epidemic may be close.

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New weekly deaths hit their lowest level last week since March 2020. WHO registered about 11,000 deaths Globally from the week of September 5-11, a decrease of 22% from the previous week.

According to the WHO, new weekly cases also fell 28% in that time, from about 4.2 million during the week of August 29 to September 4, to about 3.1 million the previous week.

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“We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a briefing on Wednesday. “We’re not there yet, but the end is near.”

However, according to NBC News, US Covid deaths have been relatively flat, with little change over the past two weeks.

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The US is recording an average of 478 Covid deaths per day, which is far more than the lowest rate ever recorded. The country has yet to match the low since early July 2021: the seven-day average on July 6 was just 168 daily deaths. In June 2022, the average reduced to 258 daily deaths.

However, the newly recorded Covid cases have dropped by an average of 14% in the last two weeks to less than 73,000 per day.

White House COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha said last week that although the pandemic is not over, the US “has seen a significant change in our fight against the virus.”

Newly available bivalent booster shots, which target both the original coronavirus strain and the currently circulating omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, may provide more lasting protection against both infection and transmission as well as serious disease, Jha he said. ,

But Tedros warned Wednesday that countries could see “more types, more deaths, more disruption and more uncertainty” if they ease testing, vaccination and treatment efforts.

The WHO is responsible for declaring the end of COVID as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, a designation reserved for the most severe global disease outbreaks. Tedros did not indicate on Wednesday that such an announcement was imminent.

Instead, WHO outlined the six key actions To help countries end their outbreaks, including ongoing testing, treatment and vaccination, infection control in health facilities, combating misinformation and clear public communication.

“A marathon runner doesn’t stop when the finish line is reached,” Tedros said. “She works hard, with all the energy she has left. Us too. We can see the finish line. We are in a winning position. But now is the worst time to stop running.”

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