The world is witnessing a downtrend in COVID-19 and monkey pox but the World Health Organization said assuming the trend continued to be “dangerous” and urged governments and individuals to remain vigilant.
Globally, the weekly number of COVID-19 cases decreased by 12% in the week of August 29 to September 4, compared with the previous week, with just under 4.2 million new cases reported, according to the data. WHO data.
However, even if the death toll falls by 5% in this time frame and 80% since February, the WHO says too many people are still dying from the virus as it continues to evolve.
“Last week, someone died from COVID-19 every 44 seconds. Most of those deaths are avoidable,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a briefing in Geneva on Wednesday.
He also emphasized that, although people are tired of hearing about the coronavirus, the threat the disease poses to the world continues.
That’s why Tedros said that he believes it is “dangerous” for anyone to think the current downtrend will continue.
“You may be tired of hearing me say the pandemic is not over yet, but I will keep talking until it is over. This virus will not just go away.”
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Tedros’ comments came on Wednesday that a cabinet minister in New Brunswick had issued a press release that included a statement saying “we are no longer in a pandemic” – a statement. later revised to “pandemic lockdowns.”
Dorothy Shepherd, now minister of social development who previously served as the province’s minister of health, is promoting a new program that will provide iPads to long-term care facilities in NB to help residents maintain their health. Stay connected with loved ones.
“While we are no longer in a pandemic, the goal of connecting everyone is still important,” Shepherd said in the statement. This was later corrected with a message apologizing for an “overview” that occurred during the drafting of the release.
While cases have dropped across the country over the past few weeks, the virus continues to infect and kill Canadians. The latest data available from Public Health Canada (PHAC) shows there were 20,843 new COVID-19 cases in Canada in the week of August 21-17 and 261 new deaths.
Dr Maria Kherkove, the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 technical team leader, said on Wednesday that it is still some time before the virus that causes COVID-19 will “fall into a seasonal pattern”. like Flu. She said the virus was still evolving and lacked “predictability”.
Tedros acknowledged that governments around the world are experiencing “multiple challenges and competing priorities.”
In an effort to help, WHO has drawn up a series of six briefs, to be published next week, outlining actions all governments can take to reduce transmission and save lives. These actions include “the essential elements of testing, clinical management, immunization, infection prevention and control, risk communication and community participation, and disease management.” according to WHO.
“We hope countries will use this summary to reassess and adjust their policies to protect those most at risk, treat those who need it, and save lives. ‘ Tedros said.
Regarding monkeypox, WHO also noticed a downward trend in the number of reported cases in Europe and a decrease in the Americas. But the United Nations agency warned that it is difficult to draw conclusions about the outbreak in the Americas as several countries continue to record new cases, including Canada.
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However, Canada has seen a marked slowdown in new monkeypox infections since the start of the outbreak in May. In its final report released on September 2, PHAC said there have been 1,289 cases of monkeypox in the country – just 61 cases up from the previous week.
Despite this, WHO urges all countries dealing with monkeypox to continue to urgently treat the outbreak.
“Downtrends can be the most dangerous times if it opens the door to complacency,” said Tedros.
“WHO continues to recommend that all countries stick to the right combination of testing, research on public health measures, and targeted immunization where vaccines are available.”
– with a profile from Global News reporter Karla Renić.
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