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The number of new coronavirus cases worldwide fell 19% last week while the number of deaths remained stable, according to the World Health Organization.
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The United Nations health agency said in its weekly pandemic report on Tuesday evening that just over 16 million new COVID-19 infections and around 75,000 deaths were reported worldwide in the past week.
The Western Pacific was the only region to report an increase in new weekly cases, an increase of around 19%, Southeast Asia reported a decrease of around 37%, the largest drop globally . The number of deaths has increased by 38% in the Middle East and by about a third in the Western Pacific.
The highest number of new COVID-19 cases has been seen in Russia. Cases there and elsewhere in Eastern Europe have doubled in recent weeks, driven by a rise in the highly infectious omicron variant.
The WHO said all other coronavirus variants, including alpha, beta and delta, continue to decline globally as omicron crowds them out. Of the more than 400,000 COVID-19 virus sequences uploaded to the world’s largest virus database last week, more than 98% were omicron.
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The WHO said the BA.2 version of omicron appears to be “increasing steadily” and its prevalence has increased in South Africa, Denmark, the UK and other countries.
Health officials noted, however, that omicron causes milder disease than previous variants of COVID-19 and that in countries with high vaccination rates, hospitalization and death rates do not increase. have not increased substantially even with the spread of the omicron.
WHO director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said last week that there was “light at the end of the tunnel” for the continent and that even despite low vaccination rates, the Africa was transitioning from the acute pandemic phase of COVID-19.
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This optimism contrasts sharply with the warnings of WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has repeatedly stated that the pandemic is not over and that it is premature for countries to think the end may be imminent. .