WHO says COVID-19 remains a global health emergency – CTV

July 12, 2022

LONDON – The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that COVID-19 remains a global emergency, nearly 2.5 years after it was first declared.
The Emergency Committee, made up of independent experts, said in a statement that rising cases, ongoing viral evolution and pressure on health services in a number of countries meant that the situation was still an emergency.

Cases reported to WHO had risen by 30 per cent in the last fortnight, although increased population immunity, largely from vaccines, had seen a “decoupling” of cases from hospitalisations and deaths, the committee’s statement said.

“COVID-19 is nowhere near over,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference from Geneva after the announcement. “As the virus pushes at us, we must push back.”

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/who-says-covid-19-remains-a-global-health-emergency-1.5984249

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