The coronavirus is here to stay, but we should be able to put the emergency phase behind us this year. The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) announced this on Wednesday.
“We are very encouraged by the continued decline in reported deaths from Covid-19, which have fallen by 95% since the start of this year. However, there has been an increase in some countries, and 14,000 people have died from this disease in the past four weeks. The virus is still changing and capable of causing new waves of illness and death,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, said at a briefing Wednesday.
“We remain hopeful that this year we can declare an end to Covid-19 as a public health emergency at the international level,” Tedros said. “But the virus is here to stay, and all countries will have to learn to deal with it alongside other infectious diseases.”
The chief executive also indicated that WHO would publish a guide for countries on moving from an emergency phase to long-term management of Covid-19.