Today, Monday, the World Health Organization announced that the index of new deaths from the Corona virus on a weekly basis increased for the first time in 6 weeks.
The technical director of the organization’s emergency program, an expert in infectious diseases, Maria Van Kerkhove, said during a press conference: “I want to mention that almost 6 weeks have passed since we witnessed a decrease in deaths … And last week, we started to see a slight increase in deaths around the world, This is to be expected if we see increased cases. But this is also a worrying sign. “
Van Kerkhove, head of the technical team concerned with combating “Covid-19” at the World Health Organization, added that the increase in the number of deaths from the virus came after the fifth consecutive week of the increase in confirmed infections around the world.
She indicated that the number of registered cases increased in 4 of the 6 WHO regions, although there are significant differences within each region.
Van Kerkhove told reporters, “Last week, cases increased by 8% … in Europe, the rate reached 12%, and this is driven by an increase in many countries.”
She explained that the increase is partly due to the spread of a mutated strain of the virus that first appeared in Britain and is now spreading to many other places, including Eastern Europe.
Van Kerkhove also stated that Southeast Asia recorded a 49% jump from week to week in confirmed cases, while the Western Pacific region recorded an increase of 29% due to the Philippines.
The eastern Mediterranean region witnessed an increase of 8%, while the number of reported cases decreased in the Americas and Africa.
According to the World Health Organization data, the total number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the world has reached 122992844 cases, including 2711071 deaths.
Source: “Associated Press” + agencies