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Covid, WHO: -31% cases and -46% deaths in one month, infections increase in India

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India’s boom stands out: the country grappling with the recombinant variant of Omicron, dubbed Arturo by some experts on social media, as one of the brightest stars in the firmament

The fall in the number of Covid cases and deaths in the world continues, but with a clear recovery in infections between the Eastern Mediterranean and South East Asia, where the boom in India stands out, with a +251% registration of the cases in 28 days in the latest bulletin issued by the World Health Organization. The country is grappling with the XBB.1.16 variant, a recombinant of Omicron, dubbed Arturo by some experts on social media as one of the brightest stars in the firmament. Instead, the growth of infections in Europe is slowing. (ALL THE NEWS)

WHO data

In total, more than 3.7 million cases and more than 26,000 deaths were reported worldwide from February 20 to March 19, respectively -31% and -46% compared to the previous 28 days. As of March 19, there have been more than 760 million confirmed infections and more than 6.8 million deaths since the start of the pandemic. The WHO reiterates that “current trends are underestimations of the true number of infections and re-infections” of Sars-CoV-2, “as prevalence studies show. This is partly due to less testing and reporting delays in many countries. data presented may be incomplete and should therefore be interpreted with caution,” warns the Geneva agency which, when tracking changes in epidemiological trends, now makes comparisons at 28-day intervals, as “this helps to account for delays in reporting, smooth out weekly fluctuations in the number of infections, and provide a clearer picture of where the pandemic is accelerating or slowing down.” So, at the regional level, new cases have increased in three of the 6 WHO regions over the past 28 days ( +89% Eastern Mediterranean, +70% Southeast Asia, +9% Europe), while they declined in the other three (-58% Pacific West, -43% Africa, -28% Americas). 5 regions (-76% Western Pacific, -57% Africa, -38% Americas, -24% Southeast Asia, -15% Europe), while they increased by 68% in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The new cases

In the past 28 days, the highest number of new Covid cases were reported by the United States (792,202, -29%), Russian Federation (339,564, +25%), China (320,029, -50%), Japan (291,672, – 73%) and Germany (281,468, -18%), while the deaths reported as headlines are US (8,187, -39%), UK (2,474, -9%), Japan (1,898, -71% ), Brazil (1,587, -15%) and China (1,472, -85%). For the European region, the WHO report indicates that there have been more than 1.5 million infections and 9,607 deaths in the past 28 days. Twenty-nine countries recorded increases of 20% or more in new cases, with the highest increases reported by Kyrgyzstan (+461%), Armenia (+216%) and Ukraine (+201%). The highest number of new infections was reported by the Russian Federation (339,564, 232.7/100,000, +25%), Germany (281,468, 338.4/100,000, -18%) and Austria (139,925, 1,572.0/100,000; 100 thousand, +33 %), while the United Kingdom (2,474, 3.6/100 thousand, -9%), the Russian Federation (1,035, less than 1/100 thousand, -6%) and Germany (985, 1 .2 /100 thousand, -27%).

Source: TG 24 Sky

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