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COVID an 'inconvenience' rather than 'life-threatening' for many now, says WHO

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COVID an 'inconvenience' rather than 'life-threatening' for many now, says WHOCOVID is now an "inconvenience" for most people rather than "life-threatening", the World Health Organisation's special envoy on the virus has told Sky News.
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