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WHO chief says COVID pandemic is ‘nowhere near over’

A worker wearing a protection suit sprays disinfectant as residents wearing face masks to protect from the coronavirus line up for the coronavirus test during a mass testing in north China's Tianjin municipality, on Sunday, January 9, 2022. (Chinatopix via AP)
A worker wearing a protection suit sprays disinfectant as residents wearing face masks to protect from the coronavirus line up for the coronavirus test during a mass testing in north China's Tianjin municipality, on Sunday, January 9, 2022. (Chinatopix via AP)

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, the World Health Organization chief says, cautioning against the narrative that the fast-spreading Omicron variant is mild.

“This pandemic is nowhere near over, and with the incredible growth of Omicron globally, new variants are likely to emerge,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tells reporters.

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