New corona cases down 16 percent worldwide last week

The number of new Corona infections reported worldwide dropped 16 percent last week to 2.7 million. The number of reported deaths also fell within a week, by 10 percent to 81,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday evening in Geneva, based on Sunday’s figures.

Five of six WHO regions saw double-digit percentage declines in new corona cases, with only the eastern Mediterranean seeing a seven percent increase. In Africa and the Western Pacific, the number of cases decreased by 20 percent last week, in Europe by 18 percent, in the Americas by 16 percent and in Southeast Asia by 13 percent.

According to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the number of new infections declined for the fifth consecutive week. In the first week of January, starting Jan. 4, there had been more than five million new infections, nearly double the number last week.

“This shows that simple public health interventions work, even when there are variants,” Tedros said. What matters now, he said, is “how we respond to this trend.” “The fire is not out, but we have reduced its size. If we stop fighting it on any front, it will return with a roar.”

The viral variant first detected in the United Kingdom had been detected in 94 countries as of Monday, up eight from the previous week, according to WHO. The mutant first observed in South Africa has been detected in 46 countries, two more than before. The so-called Brazilian variant was detected in 21 countries.

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