The committee declared the covid-19 epidemic a public health emergency of international concern on January 30, 2020, at a time when there were still no deaths out of just 100 cases outside of China.
On Friday, the WHO recorded more than 752 million patients and almost 7 million deaths, according to official figures, which the organization itself admits are far below reality.
“As we enter the fourth year of the pandemic, there is no doubt that we are in a much better situation now than a year ago, when the omicron wave was at its peak,” said Tedros at the opening of the meeting of its Executive Committee, meeting in Geneva.
But he immediately qualified: “Since the beginning of December, reported weekly deaths have increased. In the last eight weeks, more than 170,000 people have died from covid-19.”
“Don’t underestimate” the virus
My message is clear: ‘Don’t underestimate this virus, it has shocked us and will continue to shock us and will continue to kill unless we do more to provide healthcare to those who need it and to fight misinformation on a global scale,'” he said the week. pass.
In the week of January 16-22, half of the officially counted 40,000 deaths were in China, which recently abandoned its “covid zero” policy, one of the strictest in the world, in the face of popular discontent.