The World Health Organization (WHO) has decided that the worldwide pandemic caused by Covid-19 is no longer considered an emergency. The emergency committee of the WHO, which convened for the 15th time on Thursday, was responsible for providing the proposal that led to the decision. Tedros A. Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the WHO, considered the committee’s recommendation and announced that he is classifying the COVID-19 outbreak as a global health emergency.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reserves the label “public health emergency of international concern” for only the most severe disease outbreaks. Since 2007, the organization has declared an emergency in response to seven separate outbreaks, including monkeypox, Covid-19, Zika, H1N1 flu, polio, and Ebola (which has been an emergency on two separate occasions).
Less Number of Deaths Caused by COVID-19
According to statistics compiled by the WHO over the last three months, the number of fatalities attributed to Covid-19 has been gradually decreasing around the globe. The number of weekly fatalities has dropped from almost 41,000 at the beginning of January to about 3,500 as of April 24. According to the Director-General of the WHO, Dr. Tedros, the pandemic has been downward for over a year. Population immunity is growing due to vaccination and infection, mortality reduction, and the demand for health systems is lessening. According to what he indicated, this pattern has enabled most nations to return to life as it was before Covid-19.
The Covid-19 Virus Is Still a Major Concern
Tedros underlined, despite this, that the number of deaths on a global scale is still considerable. According to Tedros, one person died from Covid-19 every three minutes last week. This statistic just accounts for the recorded fatalities. Tedros warned that the worst thing any nation could do right now is to take this revelation as a justification to let its guard down or to remove the structures it has developed to handle Covid-19. He said this was the worst thing any nation could do. He said that telling people that Covid-19 is nothing to be concerned about is a mistake because it would convey the wrong message.
According to the CDC, the weekly death toll in the United States has reached levels comparable to those reported in March 2020, with an average of 158 fatalities occurring each day. Thursday will mark the conclusion of the public health emergency declared due to the Covid-19 virus in this country. This classification has been in effect since January 2020. A resolution that put an end to the nation’s state of emergency over the Covid virus was put as law by President Joe Biden one month ago.
Transitioning from Emergency Mode
According to Tedros, this revelation indicates that it is time for governments to transfer from the style of emergency management to the mode of controlling Covid-19 alongside other infectious illnesses. In conclusion, even though the notification made by the WHO is a crucial step forward in the battle against Covid-19, it is essential to maintain vigilance and continue with the practice of taking measures against the virus.
The Wrap Up
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that as of May 5, 2023, there have been more than 541 million proven cases of Covid-19 around the world, and more than 8.8 million people have died from it.
- There have been more than 87 million proven cases and more than 1.9 million deaths in the United States. This stat makes it the country with the most cases and deaths. But the number of new cases and deaths daily has slowly declined in the last few months.
- Over 87 million proven cases and more than 1.4 million deaths have happened in Europe. Since then, strong public health measures and vaccine programs have helped cut down on cases and deaths.
Even though the WHO has said that The Covid pandemic no longer holds the status of a global public health emergency., it is still important to stay alert and follow public health rules to stop the virus from spreading.
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