COVID-19 Infections and Deaths are Declining Worldwide

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The number of new coronavirus cases reported worldwide fell 16% last week, completing a month of declines in COVID-19 infections, according to figures from the World Health Organization.

In its weekly report on the pandemic, released Late Tuesday, the U.N. health agency said deaths were down 10 percent and maintained the downward trend first seen a week ago. The WHO said there were more than 10 million new cases of the disease and about 60,000 deaths worldwide. The western Pacific region was the only one where the virus increased its presence, with third more infections than in the previous week. Deaths increased by 22% in this area and around 4% in the Middle East, while they fell in the rest of the world.

According to the WHO, the omicron variant remains dominant worldwide: of the virus sequencing shared with the world’s largest publicly accessible database, more than 99.5% corresponded to omicron and only 0.3% were delta. No cases of any of the other variants of concern — including beta, gamma, lambda, or mu — have been reported in the past month, though the agency acknowledged that there are follow-up problems in many countries.

Many European nations, including Britain, Sweden and Denmark, have lifted almost all restrictions imposed to curb the pandemic, coinciding with the drastic drop in infections and advances in vaccination campaigns. In the United States, scientists estimated that about 73% of the population is now immune to omicron and that any future outbreak will require less drastic interventions to control the epidemic.

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Despite this, the WHO has insisted that it is too early to declare the end of the pandemic and warned that if the coronavirus continues to spread, it will have more opportunities to mutate into a potentially more lethal or transmissible version.

News: AP

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