Global Monkeypox cases exceed 70,000: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday announced that the global Monkeypox cases have exceeded 70,000 and urged people not to relax their guard despite last week’s drop in new cases.

As per a VOA report, WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a press conference stated that more than 70,000 cases have now been reported to the UN health agency this year, with 26 deaths.

“Globally, cases are continuing to decline, but 21 countries in the past week reported an increase in cases, mostly in America, which accounted for almost 90 percent of all cases reported last week,” Ghebreyesus stated.

He also added that the WHO is collaborating with other states to boost testing capabilities and track trends. Tedros also showed his concerns about reports of cases in Sudan, including in refugee camps near the border with Ethiopia.

He went on to say that like COVID-19, Monkeypox is also a public health emergency of international concern, and WHO will try to tackle it as an emergency.

The WHO reported last week that a declining trend in new cases could be the “most dangerous” period in the spread. An increase in Monkeypox cases was recorded in May this year outside the African countries where it has long been endemic.

According to reports, more than 42,000 cases of Monkeypox have been reported from America and nearly 25,000 from Europe.

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