WHO warns Covid-19 'not reaching its end game'

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday (January 24, 2022) said that the world reported 100 Covid-19 cases every three seconds on average last week and warned to not assume that the pandemic is reaching its 'end game'. 

Speaking at the opening of the 150th session of the WHO Executive Board, head of the global health body Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that there are different scenarios for how the pandemic could play out, and how the acute phase could end – but it is dangerous to assume that Omicron will be the last variant.

"It's dangerous to assume that Omicron will be the last variant and that we are in the end game," he said. The WHO Director-General said that since Omicron was first identified just nine weeks ago, more than 80 million infections have been reported to WHO - more than were reported in the whole of 2020.