Plateau in COVID-19 incidence reached in the world - WHO
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The number of new cases of COVID-19 infection at the global level has stopped growing. The WHO says the world has reached a plateau in the incidence of coronavirus. And in some regions, for example, in North and South America, in Europe, which until recently were leading in terms of the number of infections, the incidence rates began to decline, Kazpravda.kz reports with reference to News.un.org.
Nevertheless, as the head of the WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, said at a briefing in Geneva, these rates in general remain very high. Over the past week, 5.4 million cases were registered, 90 thousand people died from COVID-19.
“We welcome any decline in indicators, but this has happened before,” the head of WHO recalled. “Over the past year, there has been a downward trend in the number of cases and deaths in many countries, the authorities too quickly weakened restrictive social measures, people lost their vigilance, and as a result, there was a growth again."
This is exactly what happened in India, where 350-370 thousand people are infected every day. Tedros Ghebreyesus announced a new WHO United for India initiative, under which the Organization will raise funds to support the fight against the pandemic in that country. The money will go, in particular, for the purchase of oxygen cylinders, personal protective equipment and medicines.
The head of WHO also noted the unevenness of the vaccination process against COVID-19. For example, high-income and upper-middle-income countries, home to about 53 percent of the world's population, account for 83 percent of all vaccine doses produced to date. However, low- income countries, home to 47 percent of the world's population, received only 17 percent of the vaccines.
The head of WHO once again stressed: it will not be possible to defeat the pandemic until the majority of the world's population to be vaccinated.