WHO: Worldwide increase in COVID-19 cases
New coronavirus infections increased by 18% during the past week, with over 4.1 million cases recorded worldwide by the World Health Organization.
According to the latest weekly update on the epidemic from the U.N. health agency, the number of fatalities throughout the world remained stable at around 8,500.
COVID-related mortality rose in three regions: the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Americas.
The highest weekly jump in new COVID-19 cases was recorded in the Middle East, where they climbed by 47 percent , according to the study issued late Wednesday. The World Health Organization reports a 32 percent increase in infections in Europe and Southeast Asia and a 14 percent increase in the Americas.
Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has reported an increase in cases in 110 countries, with the omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5 being the primary causes.
“This pandemic is changing, but it’s not over,” Tedros warned this week during a press briefing.
In light of governments reducing monitoring and genetic sequencing efforts, he warned that it will become increasingly difficult to identify developing and possibly harmful new variations of COVID-19.
He stated that hundreds of millions of people remain unvaccinated and at danger of serious disease and death and urged governments to immunise their most vulnerable populations, such as health professionals and individuals over the age of 60.
Tedros added that while more than 1.2 billion COVID-19 vaccinations have been provided globally, the average immunisation rate in impoverished countries is only 13 percent .
It is “incomprehensible” to propose that lower-income nations should not vaccinate and boost its most at-risk populations if “rich countries are vaccinating children as young as 6 months old and planning to do further rounds of vaccination,” as he put it.
According to numbers collated by Oxfam and the People’s Vaccine Alliance, fewer than half of the 2.1 billion vaccinations pledged to poorer countries by the Group of Seven big economies have been delivered.
As part of a nationwide vaccination programme, the United States has approved COVID-19 vaccines for use in newborns and preschoolers.
In addition, American health officials have suggested that some individuals get booster shots in the autumn that are designed to fend against the most recent coronavirus strains.