WHO: Record number of corona infections within one week

Within one week, more new corona infections have been reported worldwide than ever before. There were 5.2 million new cases, the eighth consecutive weekly increase, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday in Geneva. The number of reported deaths rose on a weekly basis for the fifth consecutive week.

“It took us nine months to reach one million deaths, four months to reach two million and three months to reach three million,” Tedros said. Experts are particularly concerned about the rise in corona infections and hospitalizations among 25- to 59-year-olds, he said. That may be due to the more contagious variants and the fact that there is more social contact in those age groups, Tedros said.

The pandemic can be brought under control within a few months, Tedros said. But for that to happen, all tools must be used consistently and around the world, he said. The tools include protective measures such as hand washing, keeping a distance and wearing masks, as well as vaccination. The WHO repeatedly calls on rich countries to give more vaccines to poorer countries. In many rich countries, one in four has already received a first vaccine dose, while in low-income countries only one in 500.

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