WHO reported a 90% drop in COVID-19 deaths worldwide since February

The head of the World Health Organization stated on Wednesday that the recent worldwide decline in COVID-19 fatalities of over 90% compared to nine months earlier gives “cause for optimism,” but that we must remain vigilant against the pandemic as variations continue to emerge.

According to the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a little over 9,400 fatalities connected to the coronavirus were reported to the WHO last week. He said that in February of this year, weekly deaths had topped 75,000 globally.

“We have come a long way, and this is definitely cause for optimism. But we continue to call on all governments, communities and individuals to remain vigilant,” he said at a virtual news conference from the WHO’s Geneva headquarters.

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

The head of the WHO said that testing and sequencing rates are still rather low all around the world, that the vaccination gap between wealthy and less wealthy nations is still quite large, and that novel variations are continuing to spread.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the number of newly reported cases of COVID-19 throughout the world fell by 15% from the previous week, coming in at over 2.1 million during the week that ended on Sunday. The number of people who died each week went down by 10% compared to the week before.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has found that the pandemic has killed 6.5 million people and spread to 629 million people.

Maria Van Kerkhove, who is the technical lead on COVID-19 for the WHO, said that there has been a “significant underestimation” of the real circulation of the virus due to the fact that monitoring and testing have decreased concurrently with a reduction in the number of reported cases. She said that the outbreak of the coronavirus is “still a pandemic, and it is still running fairly rampantly over the globe,” and that hospitalizations and fatalities are the primary areas of emphasis at this time.

Japan had the greatest number of newly reported cases over the last week, with more than 401,000. This is an increase of 42% from the number of cases reported during the previous week. After that came Korea, the United States, Germany, and China, all of which registered more than 219,000 new cases over the course of the week. This represented a 15% decrease from the number of cases reported the week before.

There were still 539 fatalities in China attributed to COVID-19 throughout the week, which is a 10% rise over the previous week’s total number of deaths.

China has persistently pursued a stringent “zero-COVID” policy of quarantines, lockdowns, and daily or nearly-daily compulsory testing, which has sometimes fanned protests and clashes between residents and authorities. Even though its numbers have stayed low, China has stuck to this policy with determination.

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