Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. He can be reached on [email protected]
Last week, the number of new COVID-19 cases increased slightly, while the number of new deaths continued to decrease, with over 2.6 million new cases and just under 54 000 new deaths reported globally, the lowest weekly mortality figure since early October 2020.
The cumulative number of cases reported globally have exceeded 183 million and the number of deaths has surpassed 4 million.
“Last week, all Regions reported an increase in new cases except for the Americas,” the World Health Organization said. “The European Region reported a sharp increase in incidence (30%) whereas the African region reported a sharp increase in mortality (23%) when compared to the previous week. All Regions, with the exception of the Americas and South-East Asia, reported an increase in the number of deaths last week.”
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In its weekly epidemiological update for COVID-19, the WHO focused on the variants, including updates on emerging evidence surrounding the phenotypic characteristics of VOCs (transmissibility, disease severity, risk of reinfection, and impacts on diagnostics and vaccine performance), updates on the geographic distribution of VOCs and on the variant classification. It also includes the variant working definitions, as well as other variants and amino acid changes under monitoring.
You can read full update below.