Masks, vaccines, keeping your distance: The world can cope with the Coronavirus by now, the WHO says.
After three years, the World Health Organization lifts the international Corona emergency. The virus remains dangerous, but people have learned to cope with it, says the WHO chief. Overall, the pandemic claimed 20 million lives globally.
The Corona pandemic has killed at least 20 million people worldwide, according to new figures from the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus named the unique number of victims in Geneva almost three times higher than the previous official figures. In mid-March, Tedros had said there were “almost seven million reported corona deaths,” but the actual casualty figure was much higher.
At the same time, the WHO lifted the highest alert level for Covid-19. The disease has spread worldwide since late 2019, bringing lockdowns, travel restrictions and many other severe consequences around the globe. He said that he declared with “great hope” that the global health emergency due to the Coronavirus is now over. “The pandemic has been following a downward trend for the past year,” Tedros said, referring to increased immunity from vaccinations and infections. The decision does not have concrete implications because each country determines what protective measures it imposes.
This has not defeated the Sars-CoV-2 virus, as Tedros pointed out. It continues to circulate worldwide, is dangerous and can still develop complex variants at any time. Still, the WHO followed the recommendation of an independent expert panel and expressed confidence that the world has good tools to protect people from the virus. In addition to vaccines and medicines, include protective measures such as wearing masks or staying away from crowded and poorly ventilated indoor spaces. According to an analysis, the UN solidarity vaccination program Covax alone has saved 2.7 million lives through Corona vaccination in low-income countries by the end of 2022.
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According to WHO statistics, significantly fewer people experience a severe course of the disease Covid-19 than at the beginning of the pandemic, when there were no vaccines and drugs. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) attributes more than 173,000 deaths in Germany to Corona infection. Most of this country’s multiple Corona protection measures were lifted months ago.
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