The world registered last Thursday (6) more than 2.5 million cases of Covid-19. It is the fourth day in a row that the number of infections is at such a high level , indicating a huge increase in the number of infected people .
For comparison, before the current wave, the previous 24-hour case record was from April 2021, when 905,000 cases were registered during the height of the Delta variant outbreak in India.
In just the last seven days, the world has registered more than 13 million new infections. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this explosion of Covid-19 cases is a result of the Ômicron variant of the disease and the holiday season. Although studies indicate that the strain causes less severe symptoms, it has a high transmission rate.
At a press conference this Thursday (6), the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the Ômicron variant of Covid-19 should not be classified as "mild", even though it is less severe , apparently, that the Delta strain.
Adhanom also took advantage of the moment to emphasize the importance of vaccination against Covid-19 and ask for equity in the distribution of the immunizing agent around the world. The WHO director said that 109 countries will not meet the global target of reaching 70% of the population fully vaccinated by July this year.
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WHO adviser Bruce Aylward also reported at the press conference that some 36 nations do not have 10% vaccination coverage. And he reinforced that 80% of critically ill Covid-19 patients worldwide have not been vaccinated.
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