The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stated on September 14, 2022 that the world is closer than ever to ending the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed the lives of millions of people since the end of 2019.
“Last week, the number of weekly deaths from COVID-19 fell to its lowest level since March 2020. We have never been in a better position than we are now to eradicate the pandemic,” Ghebreyesus said during a press conference.
But he warned that we are not yet at the end of the pandemic.
Tedros likened the world to “a person running a marathon who doesn’t stop when they see the finish line. He runs faster, with all the energy he has left. So do we.”
“We can all see the finish line on our way to victory, but it would really be the worst time to stop running.”
“If we do not seize this opportunity, we risk seeing more mutations, more deaths, more disorders, and more uncertainty,” he said, calling for “seizing this opportunity.”
According to the latest epidemiological report published by the World Health Organization and devoted to the Covid-19 epidemic, the number of infections decreased by 12% during the week from August 29 to September 4, compared to the previous week, to reach about 4.2 million new infections.
The number of injuries is undoubtedly much higher, especially since minor cases are sometimes not announced, but also because many countries have reduced detection checks.
On September 4, the World Health Organization counted more than 600 million officially confirmed infections – here, too, the number is undoubtedly much less than the reality – as is the case with the 6.4 million officially recorded deaths.