The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced on Wednesday that he “hopes” that it will not cause a pandemic COVID-19 In declaring a global health emergency next year.
His remarks came in a statement to the media, with China abandoning the strict “zero Covid” policy and allowing it to coexist with the virus, raising fears of facing the world’s second largest economy with a rise in Covid cases, according to Reuters.
The World Health Organization meets every few months to decide whether the new coronavirus, which emerged 3 years ago in Wuhan, China and has killed 6.6 million people, still constitutes a “global public health emergency”.
It also aims to coordinate the global response, and would open avenues of funding for cooperation in sharing vaccines and treatments.
Cases ‘increasing rapidly’
It is noteworthy that the Chinese Ministry of Health had announced earlier, Wednesday, that it had become “impossible” to determine the size of the current surge of Covid-19 infections, after detection checks were no longer mandatory in light of the softening of health restrictions in the country, according to AFP.
This new wave of infections affects, in particular, Beijing, which has a population of 22 million, with a rapid spread of infections not witnessed in the capital since the outbreak of the epidemic.
Soften the restrictions
It is indicated that China Last week, it softened the tough health restrictions imposed to combat COVID-19 that were intended to reduce infections and deaths.
It also announced, in particular, the end of automatic quarantine in special centers for those who test positive, and the cessation of large-scale and mandatory PCR testing campaigns.
As a result, the number of people who initiated an examination decreased, which led to an arithmetic decline in the number of new infections, which gives a false impression of an improvement in the health situation in the country.