COVID-19 No Longer a Global Emergency, Still a Global Threat
COVID-19 is no longer a global emergency, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said today, May 5. However, the pandemic has not come to an end given the recent spikes in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and it is still to be considered a global health threat.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced on Friday, May 5, that COVID-19 is no longer a global emergency. He said, “It’s with great hope that I declare COVID-19 over as a global health emergency. That does not mean COVID-19 is over as a global health threat. Last week, COVID-19 claimed a life every three minutes – and that’s just the deaths we know about.” Ghebreyesus noted the recent spike in cases in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
A group of officials convened on Thursday to discuss the state of the pandemic and then made the call to downgrade COVID-19.
"It is therefore with great hope that I declare #COVID19 over as a global health emergency.
However, that does not mean COVID-19 is over as a global health threat.
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) May 5, 2023