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WHO reports a 90% decrease in COVID-19-related deaths worldwide since February

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization chief said that a drop of nearly 90% in COVID-19 deaths worldwide compared to nine years ago is “cause to be optimistic,” but urged caution against the spread of variants.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, stated that over 9,400 deaths due to coronavirus had been reported to WHO last week. He stated that 75,000 deaths per week had been reported to the WHO in February this year.

“We have made great strides, and this gives us reason to be optimistic. He said that the WHO headquarters in Geneva would continue to urge all governments, communities, and individuals to be vigilant.

“Almost 10,000 deaths per week is 10,000 too many to be considered for a disease that can easily be treated and prevented.”

According to the WHO chief, testing and sequencing rates are still low worldwide, there are still large gaps between rich and poor countries and new variants of vaccines.

According to the U.N., the number of COVID-19 cases that were newly registered worldwide was more than 2.1 million in the week that ended Sunday. This is down 15% from the previous week. This week, the number of weekly deaths dropped 10% from the week before.

The WHO reported overall 629 million cases and 6.25 million deaths related to the pandemic.

Maria Van Kerkhove is the WHO’s technical leader on COVID-19. She stated that there was a “substantial underestimate of the true virus circulation” due to a decline in surveillance and testing, as well as a decrease in the number of cases. According to Van Kerkhove, the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing and spreading quite widely around the globe. The WHO’s technical lead on COVID-19 Maria Van Kerkhove said that hospitalizations and deaths are the main focus of the outbreak.

Japan had more than 401,000 cases, which is 42% more than the previous week. Korea, the United States of America, Germany, and China followed, with more than 219,000 cases reported over the week, a decrease of 15% from the previous weeks.

China saw an increase in deaths due to COVID-19 by 10% during week 2.

Although its numbers are relatively low, China has pursued a strict policy of “zero COVID” quarantines, lockdowns, and daily compulsory testing. This has sometimes sparked protests and clashes among residents and authorities.

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