GENEVA ( Associated Press) – The number of deaths worldwide rose 4% last week, after a five-week decline in coronavirus deaths, according to the World Health Organization.
In its weekly report on the pandemic, the United Nations health agency said Thursday that 8,700 people died from COVID-19 last week, with a 21% increase in the US and 17% in the western Pacific.
Coronavirus cases continued to decline, with nearly 3.2 million new cases reported last week, marking a downward trend from January’s peak. Nevertheless, there was a significant increase in infections in some areas. The Middle East and Southeast Asia registered a growth of 58% and 33%, respectively.
“Many countries have reduced surveillance and testing, we know this figure is underestimated,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said this week. “There is no acceptable level of death from COVID-19,” he said, noting that the global community already has vaccines, medicines and diagnostic tools to prevent the virus. Huh.
Although many wealthy countries in Europe and North America have waived most of their virus restrictions, China’s extreme policy means more mass testing, quarantine and isolation for anyone who may have come into contact with an infected person.
The Chinese capital moved online classes again this week in one of its main districts after a new outbreak of COVID-19 linked to a nightclub. Beijingers continue to take regular tests every two days, and must wear masks and have an app on their cell phones to access public places and facilitate case tracking.
China has maintained its “zero COVID” policy despite considerable economic costs and the World Health Organization chief’s claim that the policy is not sustainable.
US officials this week headed toward authorizing coronavirus vaccines for young children, after US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisors approved Moderna and Pfizer-BioNtech vaccines for children under five years old. Took another step.
Outside experts voted unanimously that the benefits of the injection outweigh any risks for people under the age of five, some 18 million children. They are the last age group in the United States without access to COVID-19 vaccines, and many parents were anxiously waiting for the vaccine to protect their little ones.
If all the formalities are done, the vaccines should be available next week.