WHO to Reconsider Covid-19 as Global Health Emergency

The World Health Organization office (Photo: ABC News)

The World Health Organization will hold a meeting on 27 January in Geneva, Switzerland to decide whether Covid-19 is still a public health emergency. 

Reuters reports that the Media Spokesperson of WHO, Carla Drysdale, announced the time of the meeting at a recent press briefing. The Emergency Committee advises WHO General Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who would take a final call on whether Covid-19 still qualifies as a global health emergency.

Owing to high infection rates in China at the moment, numerous leading scientists and WHO advisers are of the opinion that it may be too early to announce the end of the Covid-19 pandemic emergency.

The organization announced Covid-19 as a global pandemic in March 2020 after the virus was first found in Wuhan, China in 2019.

Laos confirmed the first two cases of coronavirus in March 2020 at a press conference by the National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

A health expert in Laos recently advised people to be cautious when traveling to or from neighboring countries but according to him, a new wave may not necessarily be around the corner.