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The end of COVID-19 is in sight, WHO says

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The world has never been in a better position to end the pandemic, according to the World Health Organisation

In his most optimistic outlook yet, the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) believes weekly Covid-19 deaths have fallen to their lowest levels since March 2020.

“We are not there yet. But the end is in sight,” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

The UN-backed group raised the alarm for Covid-19 in January 2020, when it described the virus as an “international emergency”.

Three months later, the virus was officially declared a pandemic, and has since claimed the lives of 6.52 million people.

“Now is the time to run harder and make sure we cross the line and reap the rewards of all our hard work,” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

The WHO has issued a set of policy briefs to ensure governments can increase their efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

These briefs include action on vaccines, infection control, and stopping the spread of misinformation.

But the WHO Director General has warned new variants could undo any progress that has been made.

Maria Van Kerkhove is a senior epidemiologist with the WHO, who echoed the Director General’s words.

“We expect there to be future waves of infections, potentially at different time points throughout the world caused by different subvariants of Omicron or even different variants of concern,” she said.

Nearly two-thirds of the global population are vaccinated against the virus, as the WHO encourages people to take up booster shots if they are eligible.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Commercial real estate targeted for producing 40% of global emissions

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Commercial real estate contributes significantly to global emissions, with reports suggesting it makes up to 40% of the total – so is there a solution in sight?

Global strategies are setting out to transform this impact by promoting the development of sustainable buildings.

As climate change continues to be a pressing global issue, the commercial real estate sector must pivot towards more eco-friendly solutions.

One of the most impactful actions that can be taken to mitigate the environmental impact of commercial real estate is the implementation of building automation systems.

Louise Monger, Vice President, Digital Buildings of Schneider Electric, joins to share her key insights into the issue. #featured

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Australia’s electricity grid faces an urgent overhaul as consumption dramatically doubles

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By 2050, AEMO has predicted that Australia’s electricity use will double due to renewable energy and electrification, prompting a necessary overhaul of the country’s aging power grid.

The adoption of renewable energy sources and electrification is set to double Australia’s electricity consumption by 2050.

The fast-adoption has created an urgent need for reconfiguration and enhancement of the nation’s century-old electricity grid.

James Hunt, Pacific Vice President of Power Systems and Services of Schneider Electric joins to discuss. #featured

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House of the Dragon season 2 profits despite review scores

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Viewership Surge: 1 Million Revisit “House of the Dragon” Ahead of Season 2.

 

HBO took a big bet on its “Game of Thrones” spin-off, with one million people rewatching the first season of “House of the Dragon” in the days leading up to the Season 2 premiere, according to Warner Bros. Discovery. However, not all reviews have been glowing. #featured #trending

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