Global COVID-19 cases rise after long decline – WHO

The number of new global of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have risen the past week after a long decline, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said a statement.

“More than 2.6 million new were last week, a seven per cent increase compared to the previous week, following six consecutive weeks of declining numbers.

“The global case increase was driven by the Eastern Mediterranean, 14 per cent ; South-East Asia,  9 per cent,  Europe, 9 per cent and the Americas, 6 per cent,” the WHO said.

“Possible reasons for this increase the of more transmissible variants of (VOCs), relaxation of public health and social measures (PHSM) and fatigue around adhering to PSHM measures,” it said.

The WHO said the weekly death toll figures kept decreasing.

“The number of global new deaths continue to decrease, with more than 63,000 new deaths last week, a 6 per cent decrease as compared to the previous week,” it said. (Sputnik/NAN)