Geneva – Despite the recent reports of Covid resurgence in China and the USA, World Health Organization reported a decline in Covid death rate by 17%, worldwide.
“The number of new coronavirus deaths reported worldwide fell by 17 per cent in the last week while COVID-19 infections rose, reversing a decline in cases that first began in January, according to the World Health Organization,” CTV News Calgary Tweeted.
In Tuesday’s weekly pandemic report by the U.N. health agency, WHO cited that, “There were more than 11 million new COVID-19 infections last week – about an 8% rise – and 43,000 new deaths.” Emphasizing that the death rate of Covid has been on the decline for the last three weeks.
“In the UN health agency’s weekly report, WHO said there were more than 11 million new Covid-19 infections last week – about an 8% rise – and 43,000 new deaths,” DT Next Tweeted.
The majority of the Covid surge reports have been arriving from Africa and Western Pacific with a rate of 12% and 29%, respectively. While in the US, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, the infection rate has dropped by 20% or even more.
WHO stated, “those numbers should be interpreted with caution”, noting that several countries have relaxed their Covid testing protocols and changed their strategies, due to which many new cases are escaping the official count.
In the last few weeks, a number of countries, including the UK and Sweden, have revised Covid testing strategies and reduced widespread testing saying, “the massive investment is no longer worth the effort.”
On the other hand, Britain saw a slight increase in the Covid cases driven by Omicron subvariant BA.2. The sudden spike in the Covid cases in Britain is said to be due to the suspension of Covid-19 SOPs, like relaxing mask mandates and allowing gatherings in large groups. On Monday, China sent its Covid-hit northeastern province into a 7 day lockdown which is largely fueled by sub-variant ‘Stealth Omicron’. The country officials have also placed the southern cities, including Shenzhen, a major tech and finance hub that shares a border with Hong Kong, into lockdown.