WHO demands return of Covid masks — Analysis
Dr. Tedros Ahanom Ghebreyesus claimed that the coronavirus outbreak was not over.
The number of cases of Covid-19 rising globally has prompted Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (World Health Organization) to call on Tuesday for masking and ventilation to be reinstated.
Tedros said this during a weekly briefing. “the virus is running freely, and countries are not effectively managing the disease.” With the WHO concluding last week that the virus remains a ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern’, Tedros asserted that the pandemic was “nowhere near over.”
Over 5.7 Million new Covid-19 cases were reported in the week from July 4-10, 2022. This is a 66% increase over the previous week. However, deaths have been relatively stable this summer with only over 9800 cases reported during the week ending July 4. This is five times less than last year.
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Tedros urged national authorities to intensify their efforts. “communicating risk”The public was urged to demand the return of “public health social measures like masking, distancing and ventilation.”
Mask mandates and social distancing requirements were largely abandoned earlier this year, although some countries – among them China and South Korea – still require face masks in most public settings.
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