Tehran (IP)- As the number of weekly reported deaths from COVID-19 plunged to its lowest since March 2020, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that the end of the pandemic is now in sight.

Iran PressAmerica: "We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists during his regular weekly press conference. 

According to the WHO, there were ten-thousand-935 deaths from COVID-19 worldwide between September 5 and 11, down 22 percent from a week earlier. New reported cases also dropped 28 percent on the week.

The director-general called for continued vigilance, saying if the opportunity to end the pandemic is lost, the world will run the risk of more variants, deaths, disruption, and uncertainty.

He urged all countries to invest in vaccinating 100 percent of high-risk groups in pursuit of 70 percent overall vaccine coverage.

Asked about a possible resurgence, Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO's technical lead for COVID-19, said that even if the virus transmission continues, it is unlikely to cause a spike in fatalities as the world is now equipped with vaccines and treatment. 


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