Global COVID Death Toll Rising, WHO Report Reveals

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Thursday June 16 that the number of deaths from COVID worldwide increased by 4% in the past week. The peak was seen after five weeks of falling death tolls.

The WHO published its weekly report on Thursday. The agency said 8,700 Covid-19 deaths were recorded in the past week. There was a 21% jump in the Americas and a 17% increase in the Western Pacific.

However, the number of cases has decreased. 3.2 million new cases were reported last week. This matches the trend seen since January, when there was a spike in infections.

However, West Asia and Southeast Asia saw an increase in cases of 58% and 33% respectively.

Given that many countries have reduced surveillance and testing, we know that number is underreported, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said earlier this week.

He said there is no such thing as an acceptable level of death from COVID, especially since the world now has vaccines, drugs and diagnostics against the virus.

While many wealthy countries in Europe and North America have mostly dropped their virus restrictions, China’s extreme Covid-19 policies have led to more mass testing, quarantines and sequestration. of anyone in contact with a case.

The Chinese capital put school back online this week in one of its main districts amid a new Covid-19 outbreak linked to a nightclub.

Beijing residents are still undergoing regular testing almost every other day and are required to wear masks and use a cellphone app to enter public places and help find cases.

(With agency contributions)

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