The World Health Organization (WHO) has, on Friday, 5th May, declared that the COVID-19 is no longer a global threat.
The corona virus pandemic, commonly known as COVID-19, has claimed an estimated 6.9 million lives since its genesis in China. After a recorded 10,000 cases of infection and casualties, the WHO declared the virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). It was announced on 30th January, 2020, by the Organization’s Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
However, Tedros brought a different announcement to the world on Friday, 5th May, 2023. He said at a press conference:
“COVID-19 has been so much more than a health cri§is, disrupting economies, travel, shattering businesses and plunging millions into poverty.
“However, for more than a year the pandemic has been on a downward trend and this trend has allowed most countries to return to life as we knew it before COVID-19.
“Therefore, with great hope, I declare COVID-19 over as a global health emergency.”
Nevertheless, he warned that the virus still posed a threat in developing countries the vaccines have not yet been distributed.