WHO: Covid-19 Pandemic Ends

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By Prior Beharry

THE World Health Organization (WHO), signals the end of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

On Thursday, at the 15th meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the Covid-19 disease, Director General of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus determined that Covid-19 was now an established and ongoing health issue, which no longer constitutes a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).


A release by the Ministry of Health on Friday stated that Covid-19 continues to circulate at a very low level in Trinidad and Tobago with transmission classified as community in nature.

It stated that morbidity and mortality from Covid-19 have been on a downward trend, in keeping with the global epidemiology picture over the last few months.


The ministry stated, “As such, the Ministry of Health takes the opportunity to remind the public, particularly the vulnerable amongst us (those with chronic diseases, pregnant patients and the unvaccinated) to continue to maintain the principles and practice of good hygiene, such as hand washing, social distancing and wearing of masks where appropriate. The Ministry also encourages the unvaccinated to get vaccinated and those who are vaccinated to get boosted.

“The public is reminded that our current vaccine stock expires in June 2023. As such every effort should be made to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The public is reminded that vaccines are available at all health centres throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

“These measures will certainly assist in the maintenance of our low levels of transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.”


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