As the Guardian reported, the director general of the international health body, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said at a press briefing in Geneva on Wednesday, September 14, that the number of reported COVID deaths worldwide last week was the lowest since March 2020. 

He added, “We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic—we are not there yet, but the end is in sight.”

According to data from the World Health Organization, with over 3.1 million new cases reported, the number of weekly COVID cases worldwide decreased by 28% last week compared to the previous week. Deaths fell by 22% as compared to the past week, with just over 11,000 fatalities reported.

According to Chinese media Xin Tang Ren, on September 14, the hashtags ‘#WHO says the end of COVID is in sight’ appeared on Weibo’s hot search list.

One social media user mocked China’s zero-COVID policy: “The teacher asked to hand in the papers, and the other students have handed in the papers. Why are you still writing?”

Shortly after that, many netizens participated in the topic. Weibo then quickly removed the related hashtags from its platform.

Now, while the rest of the world is managing to live with COVID, China still insists on its zero-COVID policy. The measures have caused severe grievances across the country.

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