New corona infections down 16 percent worldwide

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The number of new corona infections reported worldwide fell 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.

WHO: Worldwide decrease in new coronavirus infections
A double-digit percentage decline in new coronavirus cases was recorded in five of six WHO regions, with only the eastern Mediterranean seeing a seven percent increase. In Africa and the Western Pacific, case numbers declined by 20 percent last week, Europe by 18 percent, the Americas by 16 percent, and Southeast Asia by 13 percent.

New infection numbers down for five weeks

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 on January 4, there had still been more than five million new infections, almost 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.”

British virus mutation discovered in 94 countries
The viral variant first discovered 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.

  • sources: vienna.at/APA/picture: pixabay.com
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