WHO: coronavirus cases on the decline everywhere except in Europe

LONDON: The World Health Organization reported Wednesday that coronavirus deaths increased 10% in Europe last week, making it the only region in the world where both Cases of covid-19 and deaths are steadily increasing. It was the sixth consecutive week that the virus increased across the continent.
In its weekly pandemic report, the United Nations Health Agency said there were about 3.1 million new cases globally, an increase of about 1% from the previous week. Nearly two-thirds of coronavirus infections – 1.9 million – were in Europe, where cases increased by 7%.
The countries with the highest number of new cases worldwide were the United States, Russia, Great Britain, Turkey and Germany. The number of weeklies Deaths from covid-19 it decreased by about 4% worldwide and decreased in all regions except Europe.
Of the 61 countries WHO includes in its European region, which includes Russia and extends to Central Asia, 42% reported an increase in cases of at least 10% in the past week.
In the Americas, WHO said new weekly cases fell by 5% and deaths fell by 14%, with the highest numbers reported by the United States.
On Tuesday, the pharmaceutical company Pfizer asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to authorize recalls of coronavirus vaccines for all adults. WHO has pleaded with countries not to administer more boosters at least until the end of the year; around 60 countries are actively implementing them.
In Southeast Asia and Africa, deaths from Covid-19 have dropped by about a third, despite a lack of vaccines in those regions.
WHO Director for Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge said last week that Europe has returned “to the epicenter of the pandemic”. He warned that if no further action was taken to stop Covid-19, the region could see another 500,000 deaths by February.


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