Geneva. Corona virus is once again scaring the world. Meanwhile, the United Nations Health Agency said in its weekly report that last week there were about 15 million new cases of Covid-19. More than 43,000 people died. There has been an increase in the cases of Kovid worldwide except Africa, but there has been a decrease of 11 percent in Africa. Last week, the organization had registered 95 lakh cases in a week and said that it was a tsunami of epidemic.
The WHO said that the highly contagious Omicron variant of the virus is spreading worldwide. It is excluding the delta variant of the virus. The Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa in late November. According to the World Health Organization, Omicron accounts for about 59 percent of all sequences shared. Omicron has reduced the doubling time of cases and there is evidence that it can protect against ‘immunity’. Several studies have shown that it is less lethal than earlier forms of the virus.
In South Africa, cases of Omicron increased rapidly and cases decreased rapidly. Experts believe that the wave has passed. The WHO said this week that cases have decreased for the first time this week since the increase in cases of Kovid in Africa. Scientists in Britain and the US say early signs suggest Omicron cases have peaked, but they are still uncertain about the next phase of the pandemic. America has the highest number of 78 percent cases this week.
New cases in Europe have increased by 31 percent, while the number of deaths has decreased by 10 percent. The highest number of cases have come from Southeast Asia, where there has been an increase of more than 400 percent and the highest number of cases have been reported from India, Timor Leste, Thailand and Bangladesh. There has been a decrease of six percent in the case of death in the area.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that half of Europe could be infected with Omicron in 6 to 8 weeks. Its effect will be from western countries to eastern countries. WHO Europe director Hannes Klug said- We saw more than 7 lakh cases of corona in the first week of 2022.
These were more than double compared to the previous two weeks. There is no doubt that the corona virus vaccine has proved to be very effective and because of them, the epidemic is no longer as deadly as it was before. However, it would be a big mistake to consider this virus as a seasonal flu. (with agency input)