Two years later, COVID-19 is nowhere to be found, warns WHO chief

GenevaWorld Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned the world on Tuesday that fresh waves of COVID-19 cases show the pandemic “is not over anywhere”. At a media briefing on COVID-19, the WHO chief said, “I am concerned that cases of COVID-19 are increasing – putting further pressure on stretched health systems and health workers – And the deaths are unacceptably high.”

Concerned that cases of Kovid-19 continue to rise: WHO chief

He urged governments to regularly review and adjust their COVID-19 response plans based on the existing epidemiology as well as the possibility of new forms emerging. The Emergency Committee on COVID-19 met last week and concluded that the virus remains a public health emergency of international concern.

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“I am concerned that cases of COVID-19 are rising – putting further pressure on expanded health systems and health workers – and deaths are unacceptably high,” Tedros said.

He explained to the Emergency Committee on COVID-19 Concerns the many interconnected challenges. “Omicron’s sub-variants, such as ba.4 and ba.5, continue to drive the waves of cases, hospitalizations and deaths around the world,” the WHO chief said.

Covid-19 surveillance has fallen

The committee further raised the issue of surveillance which has been significantly reduced – including testing and sequencing – making it difficult to assess the effect of variants on transmission, disease characteristics and effectiveness of counter-measures. It also highlighted diagnostics, treatments and vaccines that were not being deployed effectively.

Dr. Tedros advised pandemic planning and combating, he said, “Planning and dealing with COVID19 should also go hand-in-hand with vaccinations for life-threatening diseases such as measles, pneumonia, and diarrhoea. It is either/or The question is no. It is possible to do both. And new vaccines, including HPV and malaria, should be continued to be introduced.”

WHO chief calls for increased vaccination and testing

He highlighted the importance of vaccination. The WHO chief said, “Vaccines have saved millions of lives and it is important for governments to focus on promoting those most at-risk communities to build a wall of immunity toward the 70 percent vaccination target.” are uneducated to do.” ,

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He advised governments to reverse the shortfalls in surveillance, testing and sequencing and effectively share anti-virals”, adding, I urge governments to regularly update their COVID-19 response plans based on current epidemiology. Will urge you to review and make adjustments and also keep the ability of the new variant to look the same.”

“As COVID-19 transmission and hospitalizations increase, governments should also deploy tried-and-tested measures such as masking, better ventilation, and testing and treatment protocols,” he said.

He also called for equitable distribution of health equipment.” As @g20org finance ministers meet next week, it is critical that governments around the world finance the WHO and the @ACTAccelerator to ensure equitable distribution of health equipment ,” said Dr. Tedros.

He said that as the COVID-19 virus spreads, we must backtrack by saying that the world is in a much better position than it was at the start of the pandemic. “We have safe and effective tools that prevent infections, hospitalizations and deaths,” the WHO chief said.

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