World Health Organization: COVID continues to be a global health emergency

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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.

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World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the 75th World Health Assembly of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on May 22, 2022, said "COVID-19 is far from over."

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, seen at the 75th World Health Assembly at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on May 22, 2022, said “COVID-19 is far from over.”
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“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.”

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