It seems that new COVID-19 cases might now be flattening out, after increasing sharply for the past two months, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday. WHO reports showed that the global Coronavirus appear to be finally plateauing. There were more than 4.5 million new cases last week, as well as 68.000 deaths. Compared to the numbers from the previous week, the difference is not that significant. The prior week there were 4.4 million new cases reported and 66,000 deaths.
In the middle of June, COVID-19 cases began to rise once again, especially after the new highly infectious Delta variant expanded worldwide. The United States was one of the affected parts of the world, with 1.02 million new cases reported last week. In fact, the largest increase in cases numbers was reported in the Western Pacific and the Americas, with a rate of 20% and 8%. On the other hand, regions such as the Eastern Mediterranean and Southeast Asia had a decrease in new cases, while other parts of the world had a more or less still number of new cases.
Australia has also reported an outbreak of Delta cases, reaching a new record number of infections that surpassed the previous peak from last year. New Zealand also reached 62 new cases, with a total of 210 infected. The state had declared national lockdown after discovering just a single new coronavirus case. While 62 represents a new record for New Zealand, the state remains one of the few that have not been severely affected by the virus, with only 26 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
The total number of cases has reached 211 million, with more than 4.4 deaths reported. “Relaxation of public health and social measures should therefore be carefully and cautiously balanced against levels of vaccination coverage and the circulation of Variants of Concern,” concluded WHO.