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Cases of Covid-19 are decreasing internationally, according to the WHO chief.

GENEVA (Reuters) – Cases and deaths from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) are declining worldwide, but South African scientists who discovered the omicron strain have discovered two new sub-variants, according to the World Health Organization’s chief.

Covid-19 infections and fatalities are continuing to drop globally, according to Tedros Ghebreyesus, who said in a press webinar that reported weekly mortality are at their lowest level since March 2020.

“However, while these developments are positive, they do not convey the whole story. We’re seeing an increase in reported cases in the Americas and Africa, thanks to Omicron sub-variants “Tedros stated. “South African scientists who discovered Omicron late last year have now identified two new Omicron sub-variants, BA.4 and BA.5, as the cause of an increase in cases in the country.”

The WHO head stated that it is too early to tell if these new sub-variants can cause more severe disease than existing omicron sub-variants and that immunizations are recommended for protection.

‘Keep vaccinating.’

Early evidence suggests that immunization still protects against serious disease and death, he said.

“Vaccination, combined with tried-and-true public health and social interventions, remains the greatest method to safeguard individuals,” Tedros added. “This is yet another indication that the pandemic is far from over.”

The WHO also announced that the number of children with hepatitis of unknown origin, which first appeared in the UK last month and was later found in other countries, had climbed to at least 228 in 20 countries during the same week.

In response to inquiries regarding hepatitis, Philippa Easterbrook, a WHO researcher on HIV, hepatitis, and sexually transmitted illnesses, said the WHO is looking at 50 cases.

On Monday, the Indonesian Health Ministry stated that three infants had died in hospital after being diagnosed with an unknown hepatitis virus.

According to Easterbrook, “We’re looking into all infectious and non-infectious causes of the virus’s origin. So far, no evidence has been found that the virus originated in any particular place, food, or poison.”

The United Kingdom was the first to report an unexpectedly large increase in instances of severe acute hepatitis of unknown cause in young, previously healthy youngsters.

Several other countries reported an unexpected increase in such cases on April 23, according to the WHO.

Many cases of severe acute hepatitis were preceded by gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomach discomfort, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Although the majority of the individuals did not have a fever, adenovirus was found in some of them.

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