On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that COVID-19 was no longer a global health emergency but warned countries to remain on guard.
Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that lifting the emergency did not mean the danger was over.
Instead, Tedros disclosed that the WHO could reinstate the measure.
“The worst thing any country can do now is to use this news as a reason to let down its guard, to dismantle the systems it has built, or to send the message to its people that COVID-19 is nothing to worry about,” he said.
The WHO’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee discussed the pandemic on Thursday at its 15th meeting on COVID-19.
And the Director-General concurred that the declaration of the public health emergency of international concern, or PHEIC, should end.
Tedros explained that the pandemic has been on a downward trend for more than a year.
The WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern in January 2020, about six weeks before characterizing it as a pandemic.
Since the virus outbreak, millions have died, and the world has recorded an estimated 765 million confirmed COVID-19 infections.