COVID-19 Cases Rise By Over 50% In One Week, Drop In Africa – WHO


The World Health Organisation (WHO), in its latest pandemic report, on Tuesday has revealed that the number of new COVID-19 infections in the last week jumped by about 55 per cent.

According to the weekly report, there were about 15 million new COVID-19 cases last week, adding that there were also more than 43,000 deaths, as every world region reported an increase in COVID-19 cases

The case is different in Africa where officials saw an 11 per cent drop. Following a steep rise in omicron cases in South Africa after the variant was first detected, the epidemic quickly dropped and experts believe the wave has now passed.

The global health agency blamed the increase in new cases on the contagious Omicron variant, noting that the strain is becoming the dominant variant of COVID-19,

The variant, first detected in southern Africa in late November, accounts for nearly 59% of all sequences shared with the largest publicly available global database of viruses,

WHO reports also mentions that the Americas reported the highest-ever number of COVID-19 cases this week, with a 78% spike, mainly driven by the United States, while biggest jump in COVID-19 infections was noted in Southeast Asia, where cases increased by more than 400%, with the largest numbers reported in India, Timor-Leste, Thailand and Bangladesh

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