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WHO: COVID-19 cases increased by more than 50%, deaths stable

The World Health Organization says the number of new coronavirus infections globally over the past week has increased by about 55%, although the number of deaths has remained stable.

GENEVA – The number of new coronavirus infections last week increased by about 55%, although the number of deaths remained stable, the World Health Organization said in its latest pandemic report.

Last week, the WHO recorded a pandemic record high of 9.5 million new infections in a week, calling it the “tsunami” of the epidemic.

The WHO says the extremely contagious omicron variant continues to define pandemics globally and is now dwarfing the previously dominant delta variant. It said omicrons, first detected in southern Africa in late November, accounted for nearly 59% of all strings shared with the largest publicly available global database of viruses. The WHO says omicrons have now been shown to have a shorter doubling time, with growing evidence that omicrons can “avoid immunity”. It also notes that there are studies that show it is less severe than earlier variants.

After the number of omicron infections surged in South Africa after the variant was first detected, the outbreak quickly subsided and experts believe the wave is now over. This week, the WHO said that following the continued rise of COVID-19 across Africa, cases have fallen this week for the first time this week.

Scientists in the UK and US say there are early signs that omicron crushing may have peaked, but they are still uncertain about what the next stage of the pandemic might be. how. WHO notes the Americas reported the highest number of COVID-19 infections ever this week, with a spike of 78%, mainly due to the US

The number of new cases in Europe increased by 31%, while the number of deaths decreased by 10%.

The largest increases in COVID-19 cases were recorded in Southeast Asia, where cases increased by more than 400 percent, with the largest numbers reported in India, East Timor, Thailand and Bangladesh. The number of deaths in the region decreased by 6%.

The omicron variant is even more contagious than other coronavirus strains and has become dominant in many countries. It is also easier to infect people who have been vaccinated or previously infected by previous versions of the virus. However, early studies show that omicrons are less likely to cause severe disease than the earlier delta variant, and vaccination and boosters still provide strong protection from serious illness, hospitalization, and dead.

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Emma Bowman

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