COVID-19 pandemic ‘a long way from over,’ WHO Chief warns

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over due to inconsistent public health measures that have caused “confusion and complacency.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic is a long way from over. But we have many reasons for optimism. The decline in cases and deaths during the first two months of the year shows that this virus and its variants can be stopped,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a news briefing Monday.

The WHO believes the pandemic can be brought under control in months with “proven” public health measures.

Coronavirus has killed more than 1 million people worldwide

“We too want to see societies and economies reopening, and travel and trade resuming, but right now, intensive care units in many countries are overflowing and people are dying,” Tedros said.

There are over 600 patients in an ICU in Ontario due to COVID-related critical illness, according to the Ministry of Health.

Tedros says transmission is being driven by “confusion, complacency and inconsistency in public health measures.”