The COVID-19 pandemic is 'far from over', World Health Organization (WHO) Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced at a press conference on Tuesday in Geneva.
“As the virus breaks through, we must push it back,” said Dr Tedros, adding: “The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. 'be over.'
“As hospitalizations and transmission of COVID-19 increase, governments must deploy tried and tested measures like mask-wearing, improved ventilation, and testing and treatment protocols,” he added.
He spoke on the sidelines of the publication by the WHO of the results of the last meeting of the Emergency Committee on COVID-19, which was held last Friday.
The UN agency has thus announced that the COVID-19 pandemic will be maintained at the rank of public health emergency of international concern”, the organization's highest level of alert, following a unanimous decision by the Committee.
The Committee points to the decline in screening and genomic sequencing, which make “increasingly difficult” to assess the impact of COVID-19 variants, and underline “the inadequacy of current surveillance the” of the pandemic.
The Committee notes the recent increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 in different regions of the world, as well as the lack of implementation of appropriate public health measures in regions affected by a resurgence of cases.