The number of deaths occurring each week is currently lower than it was at the end of March 2020, and it has been below that level for a few months. Is the end of COVID-19 pandemic really in sight?
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, declared that the end of the pandemic was now close in his most hopeful speech since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020.
Dr. Tedros cautioned against complacency, employing the analogy of a marathon runner nearing the finish line, noting that “a marathon runner does not stop when the finish line comes into view. She runs harder, with all the energy she has left.”
Felix Richter of Statista notes that although there are still millions of new Covid-19 cases reported worldwide each week, with the actual number likely even higher due to insufficient testing, these infections are no longer leading to as many severe cases or fatalities as they did in the early stages of the pandemic.
The number of deaths occurring each week is currently lower than it was at the end of March 2020, and it has been below that level for a few months.
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There were still over a million Covid deaths this year, but the most recent trend in hospitalizations and fatalities is positive.
“We can see the finish line,” Dr. Tedros said in conclusion.
“We’re in a winning position. But now is the worst time to stop running.” The WHO produced six policy briefs describing best practices to save lives, safeguard health systems, and prevent social and economic damage in order to assist the globe in crossing the line and avert the possibility of “more variants, more deaths, more disruption, and more uncertainty.”