World has plateaued in COVID-19 incidence, WHO expert says – World
GENEVA, September 7. / TASS /. The world has reached a plateau in terms of the incidence of COVID-19, but a different situation is observed in different regions of the planet, said Maria van Kerkhove, an expert for the World Health Organization (WHO) during the Online question-and-answer session broadcast with social media users.
“We have reached a plateau of cases around the world, but that plateau is at a very high level of intensity. There are around 4.4 to 4.5 million cases reported each week and that is certainly an under- estimate of the real number of cases that are actually happening in the world. And we have 67,000 to 68,000 deaths per week, “she said.
She added that by region the dynamics are very different and that there is “no snapshot of how this virus is circulating.”
“The reason this is so worrying is because we are 20 months away from the pandemic and we have tools that can actually prevent the spread of these infections and save lives.” she said.
According to WHO data, last week in the Americas there was an almost 20% increase in cases and a 17% increase in deaths, van Kerkhove said.
In Europe, there has been a 4% drop in the number of cases but still over a million reported cases and there has also been a 20% increase in deaths.
In Southeast Asia, the number of cases has fallen by around 9% over the past week and there has been a 21% reduction in deaths.
In the Western Pacific region, there has been a 3% reduction in cases and an 8% reduction in deaths.
In Africa, there was a 34% reduction in cases and a 26% reduction in deaths last week, the expert said.