WHO Declares COVID-19 Pandemic Over

WHO Declares COVID-19 Pandemic Over

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The World Health Organization declared Friday that the coronavirus pandemic is no longer a global emergency, ending a several-year-long international fight for disease security.

“It’s with great hope that I declare COVID-19 over as a global health emergency,”

“That does not mean COVID-19 is over as a global health threat.”

– Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The discussion to end the pandemic was held by the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Thursday.

“For more than a year the pandemic has been on a downward trend,” Tedros said at a news conference Friday.

“This trend has allowed most countries to return to life as we knew it before Covid-19,” Tedros stated. “Yesterday, the emergency committee met for the 15th time and recommended to me that I declare an end to the public health emergency of international concern. I have accepted that advice.”

The pandemic triggered unprecedented measures to be taken worldwide, with resounding after effects. Many nations closed their borders to the world, created internal lockdowns for their people, and struggled to deal with overfilled hospitals. Yet still, the pandemic caused an estimated 765 million cases, with just under seven million reported deaths worldwide, and stagnated economies on a global scale.

The UN health agency first declared the coronavirus to be an international crisis on January 30, 2020. The United States is set to end it’s public health emergency on May 11.

Joshua Paulo
Joshua Paulo
Joshua Paulo founded GoodHistory in 2018 on the premise that news and history blend to make well-informed politics. He has a degree in Criminal Justice, a background in public service, and is studying for a Masters degree in International Relations. With several years of experience in analysis and journalism, he now leads a team of professionals and is a proud contributor to several publications, all revolving around a common desire to bring unbiased news information to the people. Editor and writer for Atlas News.
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