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COVID-19 deaths up by 40%: WHO

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SWITZERLAND: The World Health Organisation says the number of people killed by the coronavirus surged by more than 40% last week

The number of people killed by the coronavirus surged by more than 40% last week, likely due to changes in how COVID-19 deaths were reported across the Americas and by newly adjusted figures from India, according to the World Health Organisation’s latest weekly report released on Wednesday.

In its report, the UN health agency said the number of new coronavirus cases fell everywhere, including in WHO’s Western Pacific region.

About 10 million new COVID-19 infections and more than 45,000 deaths were reported worldwide over the past week, following a 23% drop in fatalities the week before.

The jump in reported deaths, up from 33,000 last week, was due mainly to an accounting change.

More than 4,000 deaths from Maharashtra in India that initially weren’t included among the COVID death toll were added last week, according to WHO.

Meanwhile, Coronavirus infections in Asia passed 100 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, as the region records a resurgence in cases, dominated by the BA.2 Omicron sub-variant.

The region is reporting over 1 million new COVID-19 cases about every two days, according to a Reuters analysis. With more than half of the world’s population, Asia contributes 21% of all reported COVID-19 cases.

The highly contagious but less deadly BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron has pushed the figures to greater highs in recent weeks in countries such as South Korea, China and Vietnam.

BA.2 now represents nearly 86% of all sequenced cases, according to the World Health Organization.Earlier in March, Asia passed 1 million COVID-related deaths. There have now been 1,027,586 million COVID-related deaths across the continent.

– THE HINDU

Friday, April 1, 2022 – 01:00











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