The number of reported global weekly COVID cases is falling and has dropped nearly 50 per cent this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said overnight.
This incredibly encouraging news shows the power of public health measures — but we must remain vigilant. Letting our guard down now, when new variants are emerging, could easily reverse the trend.
According to a WHO press release:
“Last week saw the lowest number of reported weekly cases since October”, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists at a regular press briefing in Geneva.
Noting a nearly 50 per cent drop this year, he stressed that “how we respond to this trend” is what matters now.
While acknowledging that there is more reason for hope of bringing the pandemic under control, the WHO chief warned, “the fire is not out, but we have reduced its size.”
“If we stop fighting it on any front, it will come roaring back.”
This welcome news shows that when…
— to www.abc.net.au