Looking at the presence of fresh COVID-19 cases at most of the places, one can can be said for sure that it’s still there. This can be evident by the fact that COVID-19 cases rising globally.
To be precise, they rose to about 18% in the last week alone. The data shared by WHO says as many as 4 million cases have been reported globally.
As per the U.N. health agency, worldwide number of deaths stood on the same pattern as it was last week which is at about 8,500.
The COVID-19 related deaths specifically seen in three regions like America, Southeast Asia, and Middle East.
Covid News: COVID-19 Cases Rising Globally
As per the latest Covid news, the biggest weekly surge in the cases were spotted in Middle East where they took a steep jump by 47%.
The above data was shared in a report on Wednesday. In the same way, infections rose by 32% in Southeast Asia and Europe. It was around 14% in America, WHO declared.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of WHO clearly stated that COVID-19 cases are on the rise in as many as 110 countries that are mostly driven by the Omicron variants, BA.4 and BA.5.
This is what Tedros said in a press briefing, “This pandemic is changing, but it’s not over,” he said.
He also said that it looks like a threat to track the genetic evolution of of COVID-19 due to the fact that most countries have stopped their efforts to perform genetic sequencing and other surveillance.
Doing so will obviously affect the most emerging and potentially dangerous upcoming and new variants.
The WHO Director General stressed the need for countries to immunize their most vulnerable populations including those aged above 60 and healthcare workers. He said hundreds of millions of people are still unvaccinated and therefore at a risk of developing severe disease and death.
Tedros further stated that as many as 1.2 billion COVID-19 vaccines have already been administered globally. But still, the rate of average immunization remains as low as 13% in poor countries.