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The Covid-19 pandemic, according to the World Health Organization’s director general, is almost over. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director, stated during a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday.
“Last week, the number of weekly reported deaths from Covid-19 was the lowest since March 2020. We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic. We’re not there yet, but the end is in sight,” stated Tedros.
“A marathon runner does not stop when the finish line comes into view; she runs harder with all the energy she has left. So must we. We can see the finish line; we are in a winning position, but now is the worst time to stop running. Now is the time to run harder and make sure we cross the line and reap the rewards of all our hard work.”
On Wednesday, the health agency posted six policy papers on its website. The briefings should assist national governments in ending the epidemic once and for all. These summaries describe the observations and judgments made by specialists throughout the previous 32 months. They instruct readers on how to conserve money, safeguard healthcare systems, and support a stable economic and social balance despite constraints.
“[They are] an urgent call for governments to take a hard look at their policies and strengthen them for Covid-19 and future pathogens with pandemic potential,” Tedros added.
Cases are still occurring but are dropping
According to the World Health Organization, new cases are continually being reported. But the number of instances is rapidly declining. The trend is the same in the United States and the rest of the globe.
The health organization’s most current update shows that weekly Covid occurrences are steadily declining, with the most recent week seeing a decline of almost 28%. In addition, John Hopkins University discovered that over the past two months, the number of US Covid cases has similarly been slowly declining.
In the US, the death rates have similarly fallen. The WHO recorded only 11,000 fatalities this Wednesday, a 22% drop from the previous week. Both the number of cases and the death rate are declining in other areas as well.
The present Covid statistics
The WHO conducted surveys in a total of five areas. The Southeast Asian countries had a 25% reduction, which was preceded by a 31% decrease in the European area. Meanwhile, the American areas had a 22% decline, followed by the Western Pacific Region at 11%, the Eastern Mediterranean Region at 10%, and the African Region at 10%.
The United States reported the most deaths in the most recent week among all the nations tallied, followed by Japan, Russia, Brazil, and the Philippines. From the start of Covid until September 11, there were 6.4 million fatalities that may be attributed to it.
Governments have implemented widespread immunization programs after Covid wreaked havoc on all countries. Almost two-thirds of everyone on the planet has had vaccinations as of this writing. The proportion is the same in the US. These figures do not, however, reflect all vaccines, as some people have only received partial immunizations and still need to receive boosters.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also noted that because cases are still being identified and vaccination rates are still generally lower in underdeveloped areas, fatality rates in the US might continue to rise in the coming weeks.