May 22, 2022

WHO deems “premature” to declare victory over Covid-19, as some countries lift restrictions

Since the Omicron variant was identified at the end of 2021, nearly 90 million cases worldwide have been reported to the WHO.

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The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday February 1 that it was “premature for any country to surrender or declare victory” in the face of Covid-19. His call for caution comes as Denmark lifts health restrictions, despite a record level of Covid-19 cases, believing it can do so thanks to its high vaccination coverage and the lesser severity of the variant. Omicron. “More transmission means more deaths”, nevertheless insisted on recalling Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Since the Omicron variant was identified in late 2021, nearly 90 million cases have been reported to WHO. “We are concerned that a narrative has taken hold in some countries that due to vaccines and Omicron’s high transmissibility, and lesser severity, preventing transmission would no longer be possible. Nothing This couldn’t be further from the truth.”, said the head of the institution.

For Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, “this virus is dangerous”. “We are not asking any country to reinstate lockdowns. But we are calling on all countries to protect their people using all the tools available, not just vaccines”, he pointed out. Saying the virus will continue to evolve, he called on countries to continue testing, virus surveillance and sequencing. “We can’t fight this virus if we don’t know what it’s doing.”