Since March 2020, death due to the virus is at its lowest level.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of World Health Organization, declared Wednesday that the Covid-19 epidemic is almost over. The virus continues to spread at the same rate as last years, but deaths have declined significantly despite mass vaccination.
“We are not there yet. But the end is in sight,” Tedros said at a press briefing. The WHO chief claimed that vaccines and other public health actions have helped reduce the danger posed to the virus. Tedros spoke at a briefing.
“A marathon runner does not stop when the finish line comes into view, she runs harder with all the energy that she has left,”He said. “Now is the worst time to stop running.”
The impact of vaccines, masks, lockdowns, and other public health measures on the virus’ spread has been a controversial issue, with near-totally vaccinated countries like Singapore still experiencing waves of infection this summer that dwarfed similar spikes in 2021 and 2020.
Globally, 3.1 Million cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the week ended September 5. This compares to the 3.9M in 2021 and the 1.9M in 2020.
However, 11,000 deaths were linked to the virus during the week ended September 5. This is the lowest weekly total for the past three years.
Tedros said that the WHO will release six policy briefs to governments on Wednesday. They outline what the WHO believes are the most important steps for avoiding disasters. “more variants, more deaths, more destruction and more uncertainty.”
These steps include the vaccination push mentioned above, maintaining infection control measures at hospitals, increasing testing and sequencing, as well as administering appropriate treatment.