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Pandemic is far from over – WHO

World Health Organization leaders at a press briefing on COVID-19, held on March 6 at WHO headquarters in Geneva. Here's a look at its history, its mission and its role in the current crisis.

WHO SAYS PANDEMIC FAR FROM OVER

Maseru, Apr. 13 — World Health Organisation (WHO) Chief says confusion and complacency in addressing COVID-19 means the pandemic is a long way from over, but it can be brought under control in months with proven public health measures.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus yesterday told a press conference , ‘We too want to see societies and economies reopening, and travel and trade resuming.”

He however said right now, intensive care units in many countries are overflowing and people are dying, but it is totally avoidable.

Ghebreyesus said the COVID19 pandemic is a long way from over, but there are many reasons for optimism.

He explained that the decline in cases and deaths during the first two months of the year in Asian and South American countries shows that this virus and its variants can be stopped, saying transmission was being driven by ‘confusion, complacency and inconsistency in public health measures.

India has overtaken Brazil to become the nation with the second highest number of infections worldwide after the United States, as it battles a massive second wave, having given about 105 million vaccine doses among a population of 1.4 billion.

WHO team leader on COVID-19 Maria van Kerkove told the news briefing the pandemic was growing exponentially, with a 9% increase in cases last week, the seventh consecutive week of increases, and a 5% rise in deaths.

Lesotho has declared victory in the fight against the pandemic, but Prime Minister (PM) Dr. Moeketsi Majoro still insisted that the nations must adhere to covid protocols to avoid the third wave which is currently sweeping across Eastern African countries.

LENA

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