The World Health Organization says the number of people killed by the coronavirus has risen by more than 40% last week
About 10 million new COVID-19 infections and more than 45,000 deaths have been reported worldwide in the past week, following a 23% decrease in deaths the week before.
The jump in reported deaths, from 33,000 last week, was mainly due to an accounting change; The WHO noted that countries, including Chile and the United States, have changed the way they define COVID-19 deaths.
In addition, more than 4,000 deaths from the state of Maharashtra in India that were not initially included in the COVID-19 death toll were added last week, according to the WHO.
The WHO has repeatedly said that the number of cases of COVID-19 is likely to be a major underestimation of the prevalence of coronavirus. The agency has warned countries in recent weeks to abandon their comprehensive testing and other surveillance measures, saying it would paralyze efforts to accurately detect the spread of the virus.
“Data is gradually becoming less representative, less timely and less robust,” the WHO said. “It impedes our collective ability to detect where the virus is, how it spreads and how it develops: information and analyzes that remain critical to effectively end the acute phase of the pandemic.”
The agency warned that less oversight would particularly hamper efforts to detect new COVID variants and undermine a possible response.
Numerous countries across Europe, North America, and elsewhere have recently repealed almost all of their COVID-19 protocols, relying on high levels of vaccination to prevent another peak of infection, even if the more contagious omicron subvariant causes BA. 2 an increase in new cases.
British authorities said that although they expected to see more cases, they did not see a steady increase in hospitalizations and deaths.
Despite the worldwide decline in reported cases, China shut down Shanghai this week to try to combat an omicron outbreak that has caused the country’s biggest spate of diseases since the virus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in 2019.
U.S. officials on Tuesday expanded the use of vaccine boosters as regulators said Americans 50 years and older could get a second booster at least four months after their last vaccination.
An Associated Press-NORC poll, meanwhile, found that less than half of Americans now regularly wear face masks, avoid crowds and skip unnecessary trips.
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