A spokeswoman for the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic was far from over, as many countries began lifting restrictions and health protocols for COVID-19. The reason is, the global COVID-19 case is now showing an increasing trend in the past week.
“It’s far from over,” Margaret Harris told reporters in Geneva Reuters.
“We are now in the midst of a pandemic,” he added.
The trend of global COVID-19 cases had improved for more than a month, but since last week it has rebounded, followed by lockdown measures in Asian countries such as China’s Jilin province, which are struggling to contain the outbreak. China recently set a record high since the pandemic caused by the ‘attack’ of Omicron variants, in particular the BA.2 subvariant known as ‘Son of Omicron’.
“A combination of factors led to an increase, including the highly infectious Omicron variant and its BA.2 sub-variant cousin, and the withdrawal of public health and social measures,” the WHO said.
WHO COVID-19 Technical Lead Maria Van Kerkhove previously described BA.2 as the most infectious variant so far. The good news is that there is no sign of the Omicron BA.2 subvariant triggering more severe COVID-19 symptoms.
Where is the highest increase in global COVID-19 occurring?
Global coronavirus increased 8 percent compared to the previous week despite a record decline in the number of testing. At least 11 million cases and more than 43,000 deaths were recorded on March 7-13, the first increase since late January.
The WHO’s Western Pacific region highlighted the most, particularly South Korea and China. Cases jumped by 25 percent and deaths by 27 percent.
The increase also occurred in Africa by 12 percent and the death rate crawled back to around 14 percent. Only Europe did not report a spike in deaths, but daily cases rose two percent.
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