The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said with many lingering uncertainties and gaps, it is too early to say that the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
But Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu told journalists at a regular briefing in Geneva this week that there were many reasons for hope as 2022 draws to a close.
He disclosed that the pandemic declined significantly this year.
In addition, Tedros noted that the global monkeypox outbreak is waning.
At the same time, he told journalists that there had been no Ebola cases in Uganda for more than three weeks.
He was hopeful that each of these emergencies would be declared over at different points next year.
“Certainly, we are in a much better place with the pandemic than we were a year ago, when we were in the early stages of the Omicron wave, with rapidly increasing cases and deaths,” the senior UN official stated.
And Tedros noted that since the peak at the end of January, the number of weekly reported COVID-19 deaths has dropped almost 90 percent.