The variety of reported deaths worldwide from COVID-19 was the bottom final week since March 2020 – a constructive signal that the top of the pandemic that has killed at the very least six million individuals is in view, the World Health Organization says.
Globally, the variety of new weekly deaths decreased by 22 per cent the week of Sept. 5-11 in comparison with the earlier week, with slightly below 11,000 fatalities reported, based on WHO knowledge.
The variety of new weekly instances additionally decreased by 28 per cent final week, with greater than 3.1 million new instances reported.
Whereas WHO cautions these case numbers are an “underestimate” as a consequence of testing methods by many nations that lead to decrease total detections, the present downward traits are trigger for optimism.
“We’ve got by no means been in a greater place to finish the pandemic. We’re not there but, however the finish is in sight,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned Wednesday throughout a briefing in Geneva.
Nonetheless, now is just not the time for nations to let their guard down, Tedros warned.
“A marathon runner doesn’t cease when the end line comes into view. She runs tougher with all of the power she has left. So should we,” he mentioned.
“We are able to see the end line. We’re in a successful place. However now’s the worst time to cease operating.”
“Now could be the time to run tougher and ensure we cross the road and reap the rewards of all our arduous work.”
Whereas instances have been lowering throughout the nation in the previous couple of weeks, the virus continues to contaminate and kill Canadians. The newest obtainable knowledge from the Public Well being Company of Canada (PHAC) exhibits there have been 18,366 new instances of COVID-19 in Canada throughout the week of Aug. 28 to Sept. 3 and 238 new deaths.
This represents a 12 per cent drop in new instances and a 9 per cent lower in fatalities from the earlier week in Canada.
In the meantime, this week the UN company is releasing six coverage briefs that define key actions it believes all governments should take to decrease the variety of COVID-19 instances additional worldwide and produce an finish to the pandemic.
These coverage briefs are an “pressing name for governments to take a tough take a look at their insurance policies and strengthen them” not solely to struggle COVID-19, but in addition to guard in opposition to future pathogens with pandemic potential, Tedros mentioned.
The recommendation consists of requires nations to spend money on vaccinating 100 per cent these most prone to extreme sickness or demise, together with well being employees and seniors, and to try for 70 per cent vaccine protection for the general inhabitants. It additionally requires continued testing and sequencing for SARS-CoV-2 and extra built-in surveillance and testing companies for different respiratory illnesses, together with influenza.
WHO can also be urging nations to proceed to plan for future surges of instances and to keep up an infection prevention and management measures to guard well being employees and non-COVID sufferers in well being services.
And whereas case numbers are declining, nations will proceed to expertise waves of COVID-19 infections because the virus continues to mutate and discover new methods of evading immunity, mentioned Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, an infectious illness epidemiologist and WHO’s technical lead for COVID-19.
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“However these future waves of an infection don’t have to translate into future waves of demise, as a result of now we have instruments that may forestall infections and stop transmissions” she mentioned, pointing to COVID-19 vaccines and antivirals like Paxlovid, each of which forestall extreme illness and demise.
Tedros vowed that WHO would proceed to work to supply instruments, data and assist because the virus continues to flow into, together with serving to low-income nations entry and manufacture vaccines and bringing the world’s consultants collectively to share the newest scientific information, monitor traits, analyze proof and advise the world.
“That’s what we are going to proceed to do till the pandemic is really over,” Tedros mentioned.
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