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World Health Organization said on Tuesday that COVID-19 remains a global emergency nearly 2-1/2 years after it was first declared.
The Emergency Committee, made up of independent experts, said in a statement that the rising number of cases, the ongoing viral evolution and pressure on health services in a number of countries mean that the situation continues to be an emergency.
Over the past two weeks, the number of cases reported to the WHO has increased by 30%, although the immunity of the population has increased. mostly from vaccinesthere was a “separation” of cases from hospitalizations and deaths, the committee said in a statement.
“COVID-19 is far from over,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a virtual press conference in Geneva following the announcement. “As the virus weighs on us, we must fight back.”
For the first time, the UN health agency has declared the highest level of alert, known as a public health emergency of international concern. for COVID-19 Jan. 30, 2020. Such determination could help accelerate research, funding, and international public health efforts to contain the disease.