Global cases of COVID, monkeypox trending down, but WHO warns against complacency – GLOBAL

September 7, 2022

The world is seeing a downward trend in COVID-19 and monkeypox cases, but the World Health Organization says assuming this trend will continue is “dangerous” and urges governments and individuals to remain vigilant.

Globally, the number of weekly COVID-19 cases decreased by 12 per cent during the week of Aug. 29 to Sept. 4, as compared with the previous week, with just under 4.2 million new cases reported, according to WHO data.

Still, even as the number of deaths declined by five per cent during this time frame and by 80 per cent since February, the WHO says too many people are still dying from the virus as it continues to evolve.

“Last week, one person died with COVID-19 every 44 seconds. Most of those deaths are avoidable,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a briefing in Geneva Wednesday.

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