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COVID-19 cases, deaths continue to decline, WHO reports

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The Middle East and Southeast Asia saw ‘major decreases’ in new COVID-19 cases last week, as per the World Health Organization.

It remains unknown when the COVID-19 pandemic will end. But, the world continues to fight back through various efforts, particularly vaccination.

Many believe that the conclusion of the global crisis will take years. Although this is likely, the public is now seemingly seeing developments in terms of the new case trends.

As it happened, the World Health Organization revealed that it saw a decline in the number of new cases and deaths last week. This followed the first significant drop during the week prior in two months.

Global News released a report, providing some of the details of the latest feat. As stated, last week’s global record reached about 3.6 million on an average note.

Decreasing trend of new COVID-19 cases, deaths

Two weeks ago, officials recorded 4 million new COVID-19 cases around the world. The World Health Organization deemed it the first “major” drop after obtaining nearly half a million difference from the week prior’s data.

On Tuesday, the health agency said that last week’s record marked another “substantial decline” with a difference of about 400,000. It also noted that the “major decreases” were apparent in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The two regions recorded a 22 percent and 16 percent drop in new cases last week, respectively.

The global coronavirus death toll decreased, as well, as per the same health agency. It was just under 60,000, showing a seven percent decline.

The WHO stated that Southeast Asia had a 30 percent decrease. On the other hand, the Western Pacific region saw a seven percent increase.

Nations with the most number of new infections

The World Health Organization consequently pointed out which countries had the highest number of cases last week. Most of the new COVID-19 infections were reportedly in the United States, Turkey, the United Kingdom, India, and Brazil.

In Worldometer’s record, these nations recorded more than 150,000 new cases in the last seven days. Russia, the Philippines, Iran, and Malaysia then followed suit, tallying more than 100,000 new infections.

WHO revised its “VOI” list

In other related news, the World Health Organization also recently updated its list of “Variants of Interest” (VOIs). It removed three coronavirus strains from the list, according to Newsweek.

On Monday, the health agency reclassified Eta, Iota, and Kappa as “former” COVID-19 variants of interest. The remaining VOIs are the Mu and Lambda strains of the novel coronavirus.

Images courtesy of World Health Organization (WHO)/YouTube

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