A Turning Point May be Near in the COVID-19 Pandemic

The "end is in sight" for the COVID-19 pandemic, as the number of related deaths world-wide last week was the lowest reported since March 2020.

The "end is in sight" for the COVID-19 pandemic, as the number of related deaths world-wide last week was the lowest reported since March 2020.

The World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a briefing today in Geneva that the end of the pandemic, which has swarmed the globe for over two years now, is not here yet but the world is in position to stop it.

According to a report by the U.N. health agency, COVID-19-related deaths fell by 22% in the past week at over 11,000 worldwide. Data also claimed there were 3.1 million new cases, at a drop of 28%.

However, the WHO said many COVID cases are now going unnoticed due to more relaxed testing. The agency recently issued briefs in response to the low numbers and advised governments and folks strengthen their efforts ahead of the expected winter surge of COVID-19 because new variants could undo the progress made to date.

In relation to variants, the WHO reported the omicron subvariant BA.5 continues to dominate globally.

Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on COVID-19, said the organization expected future waves of the disease, but was hopeful those would not cause many deaths.

Lastly, the Associated Press said in a report, residents of a City in China are experiencing drastic COVID repercussions. Residents are suffering from hunger, forced quarantines and dwindling supplies of medicine and daily necessities after more than 40 days in a lockdown.