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COVID-19 No Longer A Global Health Emergency: WHO Chief

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The head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has declared “with great hope” an end to COVID-19 as a public health emergency, stressing that it does not mean the disease is no longer a global threat.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced that the COVID-19 public health emergency, which has been in place globally since 2020, is to be over.

“Yesterday, the Emergency Committee met for the 15th time and recommended that I declare an end to the public health emergency of international concern. I have accepted that advice,” the WHO chief said. “It is, therefore, with great hope that I declare COVID-19 over as a global health emergency,” Ghebreyesus stated during a briefing in Geneva on Friday.

“However, that does not mean COVID-19 is over as a global health threat,” he added.

This virus is here to stay. It is still killing, and it is still changing. The risk remains of new variants emerging that cause new surges in cases and deaths.

He called on the countries by saying that COVID-19 is nothing to worry about. However, it is time for countries to transition from emergency mode to managing COVID-19 alongside other infectious diseases. 

He also warned that the decision to end the global public health emergency of COVID should not be taken as an opportunity to “let down its guard”. The director-general stressed that the end of the emergency phase does not mean that SARS-CoV-2 is no longer a global threat.

The director-general also said the WHO Emergency Committee would cease its work and a new body, “a Review Committee to develop long-term, standing recommendations for countries on how to manage COVID-19 on an ongoing basis” will be established.

On the 30th January 2020, the WHO declared a public health emergency of international concern over the global outbreak of COVID-19 – the highest level of alarm under international law, the Director said.

According to WHO estimation, the Pandemic has killed “at least 20 million” people worldwide.

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