Weekly COVID-19 Deaths Drop to Lowest in Nearly a Year

The world registered 46 thousand deaths from COVID-19 last week, the lowest figure since the beginning of November 2020 and a decrease of 9.6% compared to the previous seven days, according to statistics provided this Wednesday by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Director General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, highlighted at a press conference that the pandemic is at one of its lowest levels in the last 12 months, although the figures are still “unacceptable”.

Contagions on the planet also fell during the past week, 7%, and it was 2.8 million, the lowest figure since the beginning of July.

Tedros stressed that all regions in the world are experiencing a decline in cases “except Europe, where several countries are experiencing new waves of cases and deaths.”

The head of the WHO insisted that the low level of vaccination against COVID-19 in many developing nations remains worrying, as 56 of them did not achieve the goal of administering doses to at least 3% of their population before the end of September, as the international body had marked.

“Even more countries run the risk of not achieving the 40% rate by the end of the year”, another goal set by the WHO, stressed a Tedros who again asked governments and pharmaceutical companies “with control over the global supply of vaccines” donate doses to the COVAX program and other initiatives for the redistribution of these products.

The CEO indicated that three countries in the world have not even started their vaccination programs against the disease: Burundi, Eritrea and North Korea.

In the accumulated since the start of the pandemic, 238 million cases of COVID-19 have been officially registered, of which 4.8 million died.

Six thousand 500 million vaccines have been administered on the planet, with which 47% of the world population has received at least one dose, although in the poorest economies that percentage barely reaches 2.5%.



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