WHO: Covid-19 instances are on the rise again over the world
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that global Covid-19 case and death statistics had climbed slightly week over week, with over 2.9 million infections and over 49,000 deaths, following months of decline.
According to WHO’s weekly update, the number of weekly Covid cases increased by 4%, while deaths increased by 5%.
It was highlighted that the European region had reported an increase in new Covid-19 cases for the fourth week in a row, with an 18% increase over the previous week, while other regions had recorded a drop.
WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said the epidemic had highlighted the significance of multilateralism and unity in confronting global health threats in a virtual speech to the East Asia Summit conference.
Despite these multinational efforts, Tedros stated, “the inequitable distribution of vaccines, diagnostics, treatments, and medical oxygen has left billions of people vulnerable to this fatal virus.”
Nearly two-thirds of the population in high-income nations have received at least one dose of vaccination, whereas less than 5% of people in low-income countries have had a vaccine, he added.
According to WHO, the Africa area saw the largest drop in new weekly coronavirus infections, decreasing by 21%, followed by the Western Pacific Region, which fell by 17%.
Cases in the European region increased by 14 percent, while those in Southeast Asia increased by 13 percent, compared to the previous week.
The Western Pacific region saw the most dramatic drop in new weekly deaths, with a 13 percent drop compared to the previous week.
Since the pandemic began in early 2020, the WHO has documented more than 243 million verified Covid-19 cases and more than 4.9 million deaths.