While the death the toll remained stable, in the last week there was a global fall in new the number of coronavirus cases by 19%, announced World Health Organization (WHO) in their published weekly report.
The United Nations health agency said on Tuesday evening in son weekly report on the pandemic that just over 16 millions new COVID-19 infections and around 75,000 deaths have been reported worldwide last the week.
The Western Pacific was the only region report a rise in new weekly cases, an increase of around 19%, Southeast Asia reported a decrease of about 37%, the most grand drop globally. The number of deaths increased by 38% in in the Middle East and around one-third in the Western Pacific.
most grand number of new Cases of COVID-19 have been observed in Russia. Cases there and elsewhere in Eastern Europe doubled in in recent weeks, driven by a surge of the highly infectious omicron variant.
The WHO said all other coronavirus variants, including alpha, beta and delta, continue to decline overall like omicron crowds them out. From more over 400,000 COVID-19 virus sequences uploaded to the world’s largest virus database in the last the week, more more than 98% were omicron.
WHO said the BA.2 version of omicron appears to be “steadily increasing” and its prevalence has increased in South Africa, Denmark, United Kingdom and others countries.
However, health officials noted that omicron causes milder disease than previous variants of COVID-19 and in countries with high vaccination rates, hospitalizations and death rates haven’t gone up much, even with omicron spread.
WHO Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said last week ago”light at the end of the tunnel” for the continent and that even despite low vaccination rates, Africa was transitioning from the acute pandemic phase of COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE
This optimism contrasts sharply with warnings from WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has repeatedly said that the pandemic is not over and is premature for countries thinking that the end might be imminent.