COVID: WHO warns increase in cases by 11% during the past week



World Health Organization (WHO) reported that during the past week the number of cases of coronavirus COVID-19 worldwide increased by 11% before the spread of the vary ómicron, in addition to the fact that the largest increase was registered in America.

The WHO added that this indicator emerged after a gradual increase that has been registered since last October.

In its weekly epidemiological report published Tuesday night, the WHO said that there were almost 4.99 million new cases reported worldwide between December 20 and 26.

Europe accounted for more than half of the total, with 2.84 million, although that represented just a 3% increase over the previous week. It also had the highest infection rate of all regions, with 304.6 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

The WHO said that new cases in the Americas increased 39% to almost 1.48 million, and that the continent had the second highest infection rate with 144.4 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In the United States alone there were more than 1.18 million cases, an increase of 34 percent.

New cases reported in Africa increased by 7% to almost 275 thousand.

The agency said that “the overall risk related to the new variant … omicron remains very high.” He cited “consistent evidence” that the mutation outgrowth the delta variant, which remains dominant in some parts of the world.

He stressed that there was a decrease in the incidence of cases in South Africa, and that early data from that country, the United Kingdom and Denmark indicate a reduced risk of hospitalization with the omicron variant. However, he cautioned that more data is needed “to understand clinical markers of severity, including oxygen use, mechanical respirator use and death toll, and how severity may be affected by vaccination and / or one. .. previous infection “.

The WHO added that the number of recently reported deaths around the world last week dropped 4% to 44,680.

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