The World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 to no longer be a global health emergency on Friday.
The public health emergency of international concern, or PHEIC, proclamation should stop, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who spoke about the pandemic during the organization’s 15th conference on Coronavirus 19 on Thursday.
Tedros stated at a news conference on Friday that “the pandemic has been on a downward trend for more than a year.”
According to Tedros, “this trend has allowed most nations to go back to life as we knew it before COVID-19.” “The emergency committee convened for the fifteenth time yesterday, and they suggested to me that I declare the public health emergency of international importance to be over. That recommendation has my consent.
About six weeks prior to declaring the coronavirus epidemic as a pandemic, the organisation designated the outbreak as a public health emergency of global concern in January 2020.
A PHEIC establishes an agreement between nations to follow the WHO’s guidelines for handling the disaster. Each nation independently declares a public health emergency, which has legal force. They are used by nations to mobilise resources and suspend regulations in order to disperse crises.
On May 11, the Coronavirus public health emergency in the US will come to an end.
According to WHO officials, Coronavirus is still a hazard to world health but is now spreading more slowly and is developing.
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Covid figures throughout the pandemic:
According to estimates from the WHO, there have been more than 765 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the epidemic began. Over 7 million people have passed away. Although the Americas have recorded the most deaths, Europe has overall had the most verified cases. About 1 in 6 deaths worldwide have occurred in the US.
Cases peaked in December 2022 as Omicron hit the world, particularly severely hitting the Western Pacific. However, countless vaccination doses have been given worldwide, and the number of deaths has remained well below earlier peaks.
The number of Covid-19 cases and deaths is currently at a three-year low. Yet, more than 3,500 individuals passed away in the final week of April, and billions of people are still not immunised.
People are still advised to go to their nearest hospitals and get vaccinated to avoid getting the Coronavirus. It is still beneficial to take precautions in public or very crowded places.
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