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Covid-19: WHO declares end of global health emergency

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: (Published 09 May 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p1041
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

The World Health Organization has declared that covid-19 is no longer a “global health emergency” while emphasising that it remains a global health threat.1

On 30 January 2020 WHO declared a public health emergency of international concern over the global outbreak of covid-192 and since then 7 million deaths have been reported to the organisation. But WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the true death toll is at least 20 million and warned countries to remain vigilant.

Speaking at a media briefing on 5 May, he said, “This virus is here to stay. It is still killing, and it’s still changing. The risk remains of new variants emerging that cause new surges in cases and deaths.

“The worst thing any country could do now is to use this news as a reason to let …

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