WHO: COVID continues to say no, besides in Americas, Africa

The World Well being Group stated Wednesday that the variety of newly reported coronavirus circumstances and deaths globally continued to fall within the final week, persevering with a decline that first started in March.

In its weekly report on the pandemic, the U.N. well being company stated there have been about 3.8 million new infections and greater than 15,000 deaths final week, a 17% and three% drop on the week respectively. However these figures are believed to be a major underestimate of COVID-19’s true toll as growing numbers of nations abandon widespread testing and surveillance.

Nonetheless, the WHO famous that circumstances rose by a couple of third in Africa and 13% within the Americas. There was additionally an almost 70% bounce in deaths reported in India, though that was attributed to delayed reporting fairly than a latest surge of illness.

Final week, authorities in South Africa stated they’d famous an uptick in COVID-19 circumstances attributable to the BA.4 mutant of omicron, though they stated it was too early to inform if that will end in a major new wave of illness. Though the BA.4 model of COVID-19’s omicron variant seems extra infectious than omicron, the WHO stated there was no proof but that it was resulting in considerably larger charges of hospitalization or loss of life.

Salim Abdool Karim, a public well being skilled on the College of KwaZulu-Natal, stated that whereas solely a “modest” rise in circumstances had been famous, South Africa was additionally in the course of a vacation interval and testing had dropped considerably. He stated the circumstances had been slowing and had been “not following a rocket-like upward trajectory we might count on” in one other spike of illness.

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At a press briefing on Wednesday, WHO emergencies chief Dr. Michael Ryan stated it was quickly to inform if COVID-19 was getting into a seasonal sample and warned towards international locations dropping all of their restrictions too rapidly – as many within the West have accomplished.