WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday expressed believe that the world has never been in a better position to end the COVID-19 pandemic. But he again urged nations to maintain their vigilance.The virus has killed nearly 6.5 million people and infected 606 million. Deaths from COVID-19 last week were the lowest since March 2020, the U.N. agency reported. The number of newly reported cases of COVID-19 has dropped dramatically, the head of the World Health Organization has said. The WHO however said countries need to maintain adequate supplies of medical equipment and healthcare workers. He also urged nations to vaccinate 100 percent of their high-risk groups and keep testing for the virus. “Now is the time to run harder and make sure we cross the line and reap all the rewards of our hard work.”
“We expect there to be future waves of infections, potentially at different time points throughout the world caused by different subvariants of Omicron or even different variants of concern,” WHO’s senior epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove said. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Monday she will let a COVID-19 state of emergency expire as cases continue to decline.