Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), reported that more than 170,000 people died in the last 8 weeks due to Covid-19.
Ghebreyesus made assessments about the global health situation.
Drawing attention to the increase in weekly deaths from Covid-19 since the beginning of December last year, Ghebreyesus said, “More than 170,000 people died in the last 8 weeks due to Covid-19. These are just reported deaths, the actual numbers are more than that.”
“INCREASE DEATH IS worrisome”
Stating that it has been 3 years since WHO declared the “International Public Health Emergency”, the highest alarm level, Ghebreyesus said that this week, the Covid-19 Emergency Committee will meet to discuss whether the virus-related situation still constitutes a global emergency.
Ghebreyesus said, “I will not take the advice of the Emergency Committee in advance, but the situation in many countries and the increasing deaths due to Covid-19 worries me. Even though we are in much better shape than 3 years ago when the epidemic first started, the global collective response to the epidemic is once again under pressure.” said.
“IT SURPRISED US AND WILL CONTINUE TO AMAZING”
Mentioning that very few people, especially the elderly, are adequately vaccinated, Ghebreyesus stated that many people do not receive reminder doses.
Ghebreyesus stated that fragile health systems are struggling to cope with the burden of Covid-19, as well as flu and other diseases.
“My message is clear, don’t underestimate this virus, it has taken us by surprise and will continue to surprise us. The virus will continue to kill if we don’t get healthcare tools to those who need them and do more to combat misinformation comprehensively.”