WHO : Deaths due to Covid in the world continue to decline

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization

Globally, during the week from February 14 to 20, more than 12 million infections were recorded, 21% lower than the previous 7 days. The number of deaths also showed a downward trend of -8% , reaching more than 67,000 in the past week. The WHO weekly report says so. 

•European Region•
 Focusing on the European region, there were 7.2 million new cases, but 26% lower than the previous week. It was the third straight week of declines in cases since the region peaked in late January. In the last 7 days only Iceland reported an increase: 17,293 infections, which is a plus +30%. The European record in cases and deaths is for Russia, which has over 1.2 million reported positives, albeit a -7% drop and 5,252 deaths (+9%). In the European context, Italy is second for the number of victims and this week had 2,024 deaths, i.e. 3.4 per 100,000 population , in any case a decrease of 11%. 

•In the world•
 Worldwide, since the start of the pandemic, Covid cases have surpassed 422 million and more than 5.8 million have died. In this week the only region reporting an increase in infections from Sars-CoV-2 was the Western Pacific region (+29%), while the rest of the world declined. In the western Pacific, the death toll also increased (+21%), as did Africa (+20%), while luckily in the rest of the world it fell.

•The African continent•
 WHO reports that 83% of the population in Africa is still without the first dose. "This is not only a moral failure, but also an epidemiological failure, which creates ideal conditions for the emergence of new variants," warned the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus . . "Unfortunately - he underlined - vaccine nationalism and manufacturers prioritizing high-income countries have severely limited the amount of vaccine brought to Africa in the first half of last year". The hope for the African continent is to “achieve 45% coverage by the middle of this year through purchased and donated doses and then achieve the global target of 70%”. Lastly, the WHO number one reiterated the commitment to build mRna vaccine production in Africa: "Of course the whole process will be accelerated if producers are willing to share their intellectual property and knowledge. We strongly support - conclude - South Africa and India's proposal for a temporary waiver intellectual property rights during the pandemic. The flexibility of patent agreements should be used in an emergency. 

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