End of the Covid-19 pandemic is in sight: WHO chief

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said the end of the Covid-19 pandemic is in sight.
He came up with the remark at a virtual news conference on Wednesday.

The number of newly reported cases of COVID-19 has dropped dramatically, so nations should keep up their efforts against the disease that has killed more than six million people, he said.

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He also urged nations to vaccinate 100 percent of their high-risk groups and keep testing for the virus.

“We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“We are not there yet, but the end is in sight.”

Newly reported cases of the disease, which has killed millions and infected 606 million since appearing in late 2019, last week fell to the lowest level since March 2020, Tedros said.

“If we don’t take this opportunity now, we run the risk of more variants, more deaths, more disruption, and more uncertainty.”

In a bid to help countries to do what is needed to rein in the virus, the WHO published six policy briefs.

“These policy briefs are an urgent call for governments to take a hard look at their policies, and strengthen them for COVID-19 and future pathogens with pandemic potential,” Tedros said.

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