March 17, 2022 -- After respective weeks of declines successful caller reported cases of COVID-19, the numbers are expanding globally erstwhile again, peculiarly successful parts of Asia and Western Europe, the World Health Organization says.
"These increases are occurring contempt reductions successful investigating successful immoderate countries, which means the cases we're seeing are conscionable the extremity of the iceberg," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said astatine a quality briefing Wednesday.
As a result, section outbreaks and surges successful COVID-19 cases are likely, "particularly successful areas wherever measures to forestall transmission person been lifted," helium said.
And decease rates stay precocious successful galore nations, peculiarly those with debased levels of vaccination.
"Each state is facing a antithetic concern with antithetic challenges, but the pandemic is not over," Tedros said.
"I repeat, the pandemic is not over."
His connection comes amid a reported 46% increase successful COVID-19 cases successful the U.K. and a jump successful lawsuit numbers successful China. Around the globe, play COVID-19 cases are up 8%, the WHO announced, contempt a important simplification successful investigating for COVID-19.
Given these reports, "we request to beryllium precise cautious. We request to ticker this precise carefully, and we request to absorption connected getting the astir susceptible appropriately vaccinated," said Michael Ryan, MD, enforcement manager of the WHO Health Emergencies Program.
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