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World Health Organization ends global health emergency for COVID-19

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COVID-19 is no longer declared a global health emergency.

The World Health Organization on Friday announced that it had ended the worldwide public health emergency over the virus as cases and deaths have been on the decline for over a year.

“For more than a year the pandemic has been on a downward trend. This trend has allowed most countries to return to life as we knew it before Covid-19,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “Yesterday, the emergency committee met for the 15th time and recommended to me that I declare an end to the public health emergency of international concern. I have accepted that advice.”

President Joe Biden on April 11 ended the national emergency over COVID-19 and is expected to let the United States’ public health emergency for the virus expire on May 11.

As of Thursday, Mississippi recorded 988 new cases, bringing the state’s total case count since the onset of the pandemic to 999,615. With 23 additional deaths, 13,470 Mississippians have now passed away as a result of the virus.

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