The U.N. well being company has beforehand stated that the acute section of the pandemic might finish this yr however it will rely upon how shortly we meet its goal to vaccinate 70% of the inhabitants in every nation, amongst different elements.
Requested by a journalist at a Geneva media briefing concerning the timing of the pandemic’s finish, Margaret Harris stated it was “removed from over.” “We’re undoubtedly in the midst of the pandemic,” she added.
After greater than a month of decline, COVID circumstances began to extend around the globe final week, the WHO stated, with lockdowns in Asia and China’s Jilin province battling to comprise an outbreak.
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A mixture of things was inflicting the will increase, together with the extremely transmissible Omicron variant and its cousin the BA.2 sub-variant, and the lifting of public well being and social measures, the WHO stated.
— Reporting by Emma Farge