The world is currently going through much better times compared to how things were in the early days of the COVID pandemic. We now have enough medical ways to fight the coronavirus so that lockdowns aren’t needed anymore in many situations.
It has obviously become a lot less likely to die of COVID in 2022 than it was back in late 2019 or early 2020. But all these aspects aren’t enough to convince the World Health Organization (WHO) that COVID shouldn’t be considered a global health emergency anymore. And perhaps they’re right. Who are we to judge?
Deaths caused by COVID have dropped to their lowest level since March 2020
CNBC.com informs that even though deaths caused by the coronavirus have dropped to their lowest level since the first period of the pandemic back in March 2020, the WHO says that COVID remains a global public health emergency.
During the week that ended on April 10, only more than 22,000 people died worldwide because of the COVID pandemic. While the number surely sounds huge and terrifying, it means the lowest level since March 2020.
During a press briefing held in Geneva, the WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, as CNBC.com quotes:
Far from being the time to drop our guard, this is the moment to work even harder to save lives,
Specifically, this means investing so that Covid-19 tools are equitably distributed, and we simultaneously strengthen health systems.
If we take a look at the overall numbers reported by worldometers.info, we find out some truly apocalyptic numbers – since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, more than 6.2 million people across the world have died as a result of infection with the coronavirus. As for the total number of infections worldwide, it exceeds 502.5 million cases.