In his latest weekly COVID-19 report, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on countries to sustain their achievements in fighting the epidemic through effective measures, including vaccinating and ensuring an adequate supply of medical equipment and human resources.
“We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic,” Tedros said, noting that the number of deaths from COVID-19 last week was the lowest it had been since March of 2020.
The WHO urged all countries to invest in vaccinating 100% of the most at-risk groups, including healthcare workers and older people, and asked countries to keep testing and sequencing for the COVID-19 virus, and integrating effective treatment for COVID-19 into primary healthcare systems.
The world last week recorded 3.1 million new cases of COVID-19 (down 28% compared to the last 2 weeks) with about 11,000 fatalities (down 22% from the previous week). To date, more than 618 million people around the world have been infected with COVID-19, of which more than 6.5 million have died.