The spread of COVID-19 is no longer a global public health emergency.
The World Health Organization made the declaration earlier Friday. The W-H-O Director said it is with great hope that he declares COVID-19 over as a global health emergency.
He says globally the pandemic has been on a downward trend with population immunity increasing through vaccination and infection, mortality rates declining, and the pressure on health care easing.
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But officials warn while the health emergency is over there is still a health threat out there as they expect the virus to continue to transmit.
The global health emergency was first declared in January of 2020 and officially deemed a pandemic in March of the same year.