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Covid-19 killed more than 3.3 million people in 2021, according to the WHO’s director-general.

More people have died from Covid-19 this year than from HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), malaria, and tuberculosis combined in 2020, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) director-general.

The new coronavirus continues to kill roughly 50,000 lives every week, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus, but he told the media that “2022 should be the year we end the pandemic” with the resources at hand.

Tedros was speaking during the World Health Organization’s first hybrid press conference for UN journalists in Geneva, which Anadolu Agency coordinated for the first time since July 2020.

“None of us could have predicted that almost 18 months later, we would still be in the grip of the pandemic when we welcomed you in July last year,” said the WHO leader during a conference for journalists with the ACANU association of UN correspondents.

Omicron is rapidly spreading.

“There is no consistent evidence that omicron is spreading substantially quicker than the delta form,” Tedros said of the latest Covid-19 type to strike the world.

He added that there are also unreported deaths and millions more unnecessary deaths caused by disruptions in crucial health services.

He highlighted just a month ago that Africa was reporting the lowest number of cases in 18 months.

“It reported the fourth-highest number of cases in a single week to date last week. Africa is currently seeing a severe outbreak of illnesses, mostly due to the omicron variety “Tedros stated.

People who have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 are more likely to become infected or reinfected with the omicron variety, according to the WHO chief.

“This pandemic has made us all sick. We all want to spend time with our loved ones. We all want things to return to normal “he stated

Tedros said that several countries usually arrange activities that might draw large crowds around the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, and advised that they reconsider their plans.

“During this festival period, countries should be more cautious and limit large crowds. More lives will be saved if such organizations are postponed during this time “Added he.

As of Dec. 20, WHO had received reports of 273,900,334 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 5,351,812 deaths.

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