The World Health Organization has expressed concern about the sharp decline in the number of coronavirus tests.
The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, urged countries of the world to continue monitoring infections with coronavirus, saying: “the world has become “blind” about how the virus spreads due to the low rates of examinations.
“At a time when many countries are reducing tests related to the coronavirus, the World Health Organization continues to receive less information about the transmission and evolution of the virus,” Gebrisos said at a press conference at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva.
“This makes us live increasingly blind to the patterns of infection, its transmission and its evolution,” he added.
Ghebreyesus noted that the WHO database is receiving less and less information than before about infections and genetic sequencing tests to detect the virus. “But this virus will not just disappear because countries will stop detecting it,” he added. “It is still spreading, it is still mutating, and it is still killing,” he warned.
Ghebreyesus explained that the World Health Organization was informed last week of just over 15,000 deaths as a result of infection with coronavirus, and this is the lowest number since March 2020, and it is a welcome trend.