Selin ATAY-TDO- Dr. Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organization's Health Emergencies Programme, said it was unrealistic to expect the outbreak of the novel type of coronavirus (Covid-19) to end by the end of the year.

A press conference was held by Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the organisation's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, via video conference. Ghebreyesus stressed that global coronavirus cases rose last week for the first time after a 7-week decline. Ghebreyesus reported that increases in cases occurred in the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean, which was disappointing for them but stressed that they were not surprised by the increase.

Ryan noted that the global fight against the epidemic was in better shape until 10 weeks ago, when vaccine applications began, also cautioned that it was too early to say the virus was starting to get under control. Mike Ryan said that the WHO is focused on preventing the spread of the virus, adding that "the point is that we have the virus under control, but right now it's too much of a virus to control.”

Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO's technical lead on Covid-19, said it was not possible to predict when the outbreak would end. Kerkhove warned that all known measures against the outbreak must be followed or the virus will "bounce back.

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