WHO to decide if Covid represents global emergency or not on January 27

The World Health Organization (WHO) committee will meet on 27 January to decide whether the coronavirus pandemic still represents an emergency on a global level or not, three years after it was declared a public health emergency.

According to the reports, several leading scientists and advisers to the WHO have said that it may be too early to declare the end of the Covid-19 pandemic emergency phase. Meanwhile, countries should consider recommending passengers wear masks on long-haul flights to counter the latest Omicron subvariant of Covid-19 given its rapid spread in the US.

XBB.1.5 is the most transmissible Omicron subvariant that has been detected so far. The variant is responsible for 27.6 per cent of Covid-19 cases in the US.

It remains unclear if XBB.1.5 will cause its own wave of infections around the world.

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