Biden claims ‘pandemic is over’ as WHO advises vigilance

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US President Joe Biden has claimed that the Covid-19 pandemic is over, as millions suffer from long Covid and several countries still bear the brunt of the global health crisis.

According to the reports, on the CBS ’60 Minutes TV show on Sunday, Biden stated that the pandemic is over and people still have a problem with Covid. They still do a lot of work on it. It’s, but the pandemic is over.

“If you notice, no one’s wearing masks, everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing,” he added. However, the US government still designates Covid-19 as a Public Health Emergency and the World Health Organization (WHO) says it remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Last week, the WHO said that future coronavirus waves are expected and that governments across the world need to remain vigilant and ready to respond to any threat that may emerge, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that this virus would not just fade away.

“The global decline in reported cases and deaths is continuing. This is very encouraging. But there is no guarantee these trends will persist. The most dangerous thing is to assume they will,” he said in his latest remarks.

“The number of weekly reported deaths may have dropped by more than 80 per cent since February, but even so, last week one person died with Covid-19 every 44 seconds,” Ghebreyesus emphasised.

However, he said that “we have never been in a better position to end the pandemic”.

According to the WHO, during the week of September 5-11, the number of new weekly cases worldwide decreased by 28 per cent over the previous week to more than 3.1 million. The number of further weekly deaths was down 22 per cent to just under 11,000.

 

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