Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, has warned countries that the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic is not over.
The top UN official said the reports of the decline in cases and deaths do not mean the end of the pandemic.
Ghebreyesus spoke on Sunday in Geneva at the opening of the World Health Assembly.
The Assembly, the decision-making body of the WHO, has 194 member countries.
At the meeting, the first in-person since 2019, Ghebreyesus advised health ministers not to relax.
“Is COVID-19 over? No. I know that’s not the message you want to hear, and it’s definitely not the message I want to deliver,” he said.
The DG expressed concern about increasing cases in nearly 70 countries in all regions with testing rates reduced.
Ghebreyesus added that reported deaths are also rising in Africa, the continent with the lowest vaccination coverage.
“It’s not over anywhere until it’s over everywhere. Only 57 countries have vaccinated 70 percent of their population, almost all of them high-income countries,” he noted.