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WHO says COVID still a concern; more than 144 m people suffer from ‘long’ COVID

COVID-19 is still a real threat. That’s according to the experts at the World Health Organisation (WHO), who continue to track fatalities, cases and the effects of the coronavirus. In 2022 alone, more than one million people across the planet have died from the disease, according to WHO estimates. Compared to last month, there have been about eight percent more fatalities, but overall, deaths are declining. The organisation’s technical lead, Doctor Maria Van Kerhove (ker-kov) discussed the issue during a Q-and-A session today. 

Belize has recorded 680 fatalities, according to the last piece of statistics on COVID-19. However, people are still contracting the virus, including children. Then there are those who live with what’s called “Long COVID”. It refers to the health conditions people have acquired after testing positive. The WHO’s clinical management lead, Doctor Janet Diaz today urged those with these post-COVID conditions to seek help. 

The most recent statistics from the Ministry of Health and Wellness, dated yesterday, show that there are 212 active cases in Belize. As for the effects of ‘long’ COVID in Belize, the Ministry, we are told is keeping close tabs on it.