Kyodo News Geneva, Switzerland ● Thu, September 15, 2022 2022-09-15 10:10 0 acb46bb3015c754a01ddf4e65a05f455 2 Europe COVID-19,pandemic,WHO,Tedros-Adhanom-Ghebreyesus,vaccination,death Free The end of the novel coronavirus pandemic is potentially drawing near and people should therefore step up efforts to prevent any further spread, the chief of the World Health Organization said Wednesday. "We are not there yet. But the end is in sight," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference, noting that the tally of COVID-19 deaths last week fell to a level seen in March 2020. According to the UN health agency, the number of COVID deaths from Sept. 5 to 11 stood at 10,935 worldwide, down 22 percent from a week earlier. New infections for the week plummeted 28 percent to 3.13 million. "We can see the finish line. We're in a winning position," he said. Tedros urged people to increase their vigilance toward containing the virus, … [Read more...] about End of COVID-19 pandemic “in sight”: WHO chief
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I n pre-pandemic times, visitors to Shenzhen would often feel as if they were travelling in time to the future. China’s technology hub is famed for being at the forefront of adopting new technologies that still remain on blueprints in the rest of the world, from futuristic buildings with sprawling indoor gardens that appear right out of a sci-fi movie, to the ubiquitous use of facial recognition technology for everything from riding subways to entering supermarkets. Today, arriving in Shenzhen still feels like time travel — except now it is to the past. More precisely, it is to two years ago at the height of the pandemic, when lockdowns were part of the daily vocabulary globally and COVID-19 was seen as a deadly and life-threatening disease in a world without vaccines. Also Read In China's capital, mass testing becomes new normal On an afternoon this June, a group of travellers arrived in Shenzhen in the Chinese mainland from Hong Kong. The journey, once a … [Read more...] about Caught in a zero-COVID trap | Extreme measures, state power, and the lives of ordinary Chinese citizens
The head of the World Health Organization on Thursday tempered his assertion that the end of the Covid-19 pandemic was near, warning that declaring the crisis over was “still a long way off”. Last week, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters that the world had “never been in a better position to end the pandemic… The end is in sight.” And US President Joe Biden went further in an interview broadcast Sunday, declaring that the pandemic in the United States “is over”. But speaking to the media again Thursday from the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Tedros appeared less upbeat, making clear that “being able to see the end, doesn’t mean we are at the end”. He reiterated that the world was in the best position it had ever been in to end the pandemic, with the number of weekly deaths continuing to drop — and now just 10 per cent of what they were at the peak in January 2021. Tedros pointed out that two-thirds of the world’s population has been vaccinated, … [Read more...] about ‘Still in Tunnel’: WHO Chief Tempers Previous Assertion, Says Long Way Off from Declaring Covid Over
The COVID-19 pandemic put racial and ethnic minorities at a higher risk of for symptoms of depression and anxiety, according to a new study. California’s COVID positivity rate fell to 5%, according to recently reported data. But the death toll in the state crossed 95,000. World Health Organization officials said the pandemic was far from over , contrasting with recent remarks from President Biden. CDC chief Rochelle Walensky clarified that while the pandemic hasn’t ended, “we’re in a different place.” Latest updates: Senate Republicans to force vote on ending COVID emergency declaration: WSJ Republican Sen. Roger Marshall of Kansas plans to force a vote on ending the national COVID-19 emergency declaration following President Biden’s off-the-cuff comment that the “pandemic is over,” reports the Wall Street Journal . The declaration was enacted in March 2020 by the former administration, giving the federal government flexibility to offer free testing, treatments … [Read more...] about COVID in California: Senate GOP to force vote on ending emergency declaration
For the past month, a couple of patients a day have sat across from Dr. Alberto Mendoza at the H.I.V. clinic where he works in Lima, Peru, to hear him confirm what they had feared: They have monkeypox . The men are tormented by the painful lesions the virus causes. They’re also afraid, because the visible sores mark them as men who have sex with men, a dangerous identity in Peru, where there is intense discrimination against homosexuality. But Dr. Mendoza, an infectious disease specialist, has little to offer. “I have no options,” he said in an interview. Neither the antiviral drug nor the vaccine being used against monkeypox in the United States and Europe is available in Peru. “We have nothing, even though we are the country with one of the highest numbers of cases by population,” said Dr. Mendoza, who works with the medical charity Partners in Health. Neighboring Brazil, which, according to the World Health Organization, has close to 10 percent of global monkeypox … [Read more...] about Monkeypox Shots, Treatments and Tests Are Unavailable in Much of the World
COVID-19 subvariants are still being discovered more than two-and-a-half years after lockdowns took place. BA.2.75, a recent coronavirus subvariant of the omicron variant, has increased COVID-19 cases, specifically in Florida and Europe. Also known as Centaurus, BA.2.75 was first discovered in India early this spring and was christened by a Twitter user who decided to name the subvariant after a constellation. While the name is becoming popular, the WHO has not yet adopted the name. While, according to Medical News Today , omicron is still the most prominent variant in the U.S., the BA.2.75 subvariant, reports show, when it was discovered, was spreading faster than other omicron subvariants. The World Health Organization (WHO) hasn't designated BA.2.75 as a variant of concern, but it is monitoring the strain. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke at the Member State Information Session in July in which he first announced the organization was closely … [Read more...] about What is Centaurus? New COVID subvariant found in Florida, Europe
In a hopeful sign for the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that the world has ‘never been in a better position to end the pandemic’, pointing to the decrease in worldwide Covid-19 cases and deaths. The international health body however, added that future coronavirus waves are expected and that governments across the world needed to remain vigilant and ready to respond to any threat that may emerge. “We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing in Geneva on Wednesday. According to the WHO, during the week of September 5-11, the number of new weekly cases worldwide decreased by 28 per cent over the previous week to more than 3.1 million. The number of new weekly deaths was down 22 per cent to just under 11,000. So, how likely are we to get out of the pandemic and how could it happen? News18 decodes: ‘It’s the End of the Marathon Race, Leap Over!’ Tedros likened the … [Read more...] about ‘No Better Time than Now to End Pandemic’. As WHO Fires Hope, Could World Really Put Covid Behind?
The story so far: “We are not there yet, but the end is in sight.” At a press conference on September 14, World Health Organization (WHO) director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said : “Last week, the number of weekly reported deaths from COVID-19 was the lowest since March 2020. We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic.” The COVID-19 pandemic struck nearly three years ago , in December 2019, in Wuhan, China. But the WHO chief also warned that if the world does not seize the opportunity now, there will be more risks ahead. What are the numbers now? As per the ourworldindata COVID-19 dashboard , as of September 16, a total of 4,53,481 new cases had been recorded across the world. On the same day, the cumulative count of cases was 611.33 million. In contrast, the seven day average of new cases hit a peak on January 24, 2022 at 3.44 million cases per day. Also Read COVID-19, arguably, has become endemic in India Does this mean the … [Read more...] about Explained | Is there any end of the COVID-19 pandemic in sight?
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton sees a troubled world on fire with strife and tensions and is convinced he has just the means to save it. That is why he is calling on “governments, businesses, philanthropies and other prominent institutions” to back the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), the meeting of international leaders, when it reconvenes Monday for the first time since 2016. Those who do attend will meet a host of celebrities along the way. This year’s guest list includes Matt Damon, Bono, Ashley Judd, Robin Wright and Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Laurene Powell Jobs, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Jose Andres and Queen Rania of Jordan. File/Bono, lead singer, U2 during the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative at the Sheraton New York Hotel in New York City. He will be returning this year to offer more advice on saving a planet in peril. ( Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images) Clinton, president of the United States from 1993 … [Read more...] about Reactivated Clinton Global Initiative Ready to Save a World ‘on Fire’
WASHINGTON — With 400 to 500 Americans still dying every day of Covid-19, President Biden has declared that “the pandemic is over.” But don’t tell that to people like Debra McCoskey-Reisert, whose mother died in early August. Or Ben HsuBorger, who has chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition often brought on by viruses, including the coronavirus. Or Peter W. Goodman, whose wife died on Aug. 17. “It’s not over for me,” said a tearful Mr. Goodman, 76, who is retired after working as a journalism professor at Hofstra University on Long Island. Both he and his wife, Debbie, 70, became sick with Covid-19 last month. He recovered. She did not. The president made the remarks while speaking in an interview that aired on CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday night. By Monday morning, the backlash was in full swing — as patients said the president was being insensitive at best, and some public health experts said his words were at odds with the science. “We’ve had two million cases … [Read more...] about Biden Says the Pandemic Is Over. But at Least 400 People Are Dying Daily.