End of Covid-19 pandemic is in sight, says WHO Director-General, ‘so let’s seize this opportunity’

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“Last week, the number of weekly deaths reported by Covid-19 was the lowest since March 2020,” he said. “We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic. We are not there yet, but the end is in sight.

“A marathon runner doesn’t stop when the finish line is in sight; she runs harder with all the energy she has left,” Tedros said. “We too. 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 fruits of all our hard work.”

There is always a risk of variants, deaths, disruptions and uncertainty, he said, “so let’s seize this opportunity”.

The WHO on Wednesday released six guidance notes outlining the key steps governments need to take to end the pandemic. The Briefing Notes are based on evidence and experience from the past 32 months and offer advice on how to save lives, protect health systems and avoid social and economic disruption. They are “an urgent call for governments to carefully review and strengthen their policies for Covid-19 and future pathogens with pandemic potential,” Tedros said.

Although official case counts have become significantly underreported, trends have shown a steady decline in case counts both globally and in the United States.

According to the latest WHO update, the number of weekly cases is decreasing in all regions, with an overall decrease of 28% compared to the previous week. And in the United States, cases have been steadily declining for two months, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The WHO’s weekly epidemiological update said on Wednesday that just over 11,000 deaths had been reported between September 5 and 11, a 22% decrease from the previous week.

Decreases were reported in five of the WHO regions: 31% in the European Region, 25% in the South-East Asia Region, 22% in the Region of the Americas, 11% in the Pacific Region West and 10% in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Region. There has been a 10% increase in deaths in the African Region.

The United States has reported the highest number of weekly deaths, followed by Japan, Russia, Brazil and the Philippines.

Overall, more than 6.4 million deaths have been reported worldwide as of 9/11.

About two-thirds of the world’s population — and about the same in the United States, in particular — are vaccinated with at least their initial series. But significant disparities in Covid-19 vaccination rates persist among low-income countries, and rates are changing little now, particularly in the United States.

Forecasts released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that new hospitalizations and new deaths will remain stable next month.

CNN’s Deidre McPhillips contributed to this report.

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