UN health agency’s emergency committee met for the 14th time this Friday since the world caught the Covid pandemic and concluded that Covid is still a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) as the number of deaths is rising again since December.
The committee unanimously decided that despite the pandemic being at a transition stage, it is still an emergency of international concern. The decision was acknowledged by WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a decision announced on Monday.
He said in his statement that he completely acknowledge the decision made by the committee as the Covid pandemic is in its transition phase but the risk still remains high and requires a mitigation of potential negative consequences.
The chief further warned that during the last 8 weeks, almost 170,000 people have died owing to the virus despite the world being at still a better situation than the last year.
Tedros called on the world to continue their preventive measures and demanded that high-risk groups should get vaccinated, immediately. He reinforced that early detection, timely administration of anti-viral therapy, and ignoring misleading information can help reduce the risks associated with the disease. If you have any symptoms of the virus, get an immediate consultation to prevent increased risk
Covid was declared a public emergency in 2020 and since then 6.4 million deaths and 664 million infected cases have been reported to WHO