End of coronavirus pandemic in sight – WHO

DAMASCUS, Syria (North Press) – World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday evening that Covid-19 pandemic may be nearing a close. ز

This came with the new weekly deaths reached their lowest point last week since March 2020.

The WHO recorded around 11,000 deaths globally the week of September 5-11, a 22% decrease from the previous week. 

New weekly cases also fell by 28% in that time, from nearly 4.2 million during the week of August 29 to September 4 to around 3.1 million last week, according to the WHO.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a briefing on Wednesday “We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic. We are not there yet, but the end is in sight.”

However, Tedros warned that countries might see “more variants, more deaths, more disruption and more uncertainty” if they ease up on efforts to test, vaccinate and treat. 

Tedros added that “a marathon runner does not stop when the finish line comes into view.”

“We can see the finish line. We’re in a winning position. But now is the worst time to stop running.”

Reporting by Hozan Zubeir