The Director General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said 10,000 COVID-19 deaths were recorded globally in one week.
The WHO DG disclosed this at a virtual media briefing on global health issues monitored by our correspondent on Wednesday.
Though, he said hospitalisations and deaths have declined, 10,000 deaths a week is too many for a preventable disease.
In Nigeria, 266,583 COVID-19 cases and 3,155 deaths were recorded across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory as of February 10, 2023.
According to Ghebreyesus, “Last week, around 10,000 deaths were reported to WHO, which is similar to the number of weekly deaths reported prior to last month’s increase.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: 10 thousand deaths a week is 10 thousand too many, for a disease that can be prevented and treated.
“Subvariants of Omicron remain dominant globally, and remain a cause of concern, given their increased transmissibility and the fact that all subvariants can kill.
“We have the tools to save lives and end COVID-19 as a global health emergency this year. We must continue to use them all, and use them well.”