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WHO says the Covid-19 pandemic is ‘not over’

(Geneva) The COVID-19 pandemic is “not far away,” World Health Organization (WHO) Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced at a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday.

Posted at 10:18 am.
Updated at 10:21 am.

“When the virus gets in, we have to push it back,” says DR Tedros added, “The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. »

“As hospitals and the spread of COVID-19 increase, governments should use tried and tested measures such as mask-wearing, improved ventilation and test-and-treat protocols,” he added.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the WHO’s release of the results of the latest Covid-19 Emergency Committee meeting held last Friday.

Following the panel’s unanimous decision, the UN agency has declared the maintenance of the COVID-19 pandemic a “public health emergency of international concern”.

The panel points to a decline in screening and genetic sequencing that “makes it increasingly difficult” to assess the impact of Covid-19 variants and underlines the “inadequacy of current surveillance” of the epidemic.

The Committee notes the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in various parts of the world and the lack of appropriate public health measures in areas affected by the resurgence of cases.

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