WHO: The number of coronavirus infections in the world increased by 55%

The number of coronavirus infections in the world last week increased by 55%. compared to the previous week; However, the number of deaths from COVID-19 remained at a similar level, reports the WHO. The dominant variant of SARS-CoV-2 remains Omikron.

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More than 15 million coronavirus infections were diagnosed around the world between January 3 and 9, also over 43 thousand died people infected, the WHO reported in its weekly report published Tuesday night. The previous ranking of this organization, covering the week at the turn of 2021 and 2022, informed about 9.5 million infections.

The increase in the number of infections was recorded in all regions of the world, except Africa, which accounted for 11%. less than two weeks ago. Experts believe that the wave of Omikron infections in this continent has already peaked, writes the AP agency. The Omikron variant was first described in late November 2021 in southern Africa and caused a surge in infection in the region.

Scientists in the US and UK also report early signs of an Omicron peak in these countries, but are still not sure what the next stage of the pandemic might look like, AP added. The WHO report said the Americas were at their highest infection rates last week since the start of the pandemic last week.

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The greatest increase in the incidence was observed in Southeast Asia; within a week, the number of infections increased by over 400 percent. In the Americas this rate was 78%, in Europe – 31%.

The weekly number of deaths from COVID-19 worldwide remained at a similar level. The number of deaths clearly increased in Africa (by 84 percent) and the Americas (by 26 percent), in other regions of the world it decreased slightly, reports the WHO.

According to the largest database collecting information on sequenced virus samples from around the world, 59 percent. infections are currently caused by the Omikron variant. Many studies show that this variant of SARS-CoV-2 is much more contagious but less severe than the previous variants – reminds AP.

There have been 308 million coronavirus infections worldwide since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic; more than 5.4 million of those infected died – informs WHO.

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