Banning crowds at the Olympics is a smart pandemic move (Opinion)

The cumulative international variety of Covid-19 instances may exceed 200 million within the subsequent three weeks if instances proceed on the similar fee, in accordance the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update, printed Wednesday. 

From July 12 to 18, over 3.4 million new instances have been reported globally, the replace says – that is a 12% enhance in comparison with the week earlier than. Global Covid-19 weekly case incidence elevated with a median of round 490,000 instances reported every day over the previous week in contrast with 400,000 every day instances reported the week earlier than. 

Cumulatively, the worldwide variety of instances reported is over 190 million, the report says, and “at this rate, it is expected that the cumulative number of cases reported globally could exceed 200 million in the next three weeks.”

Other than the areas of the Americas and Africa, all WHO areas reported a rise in case incidence over the past week, with the Western Pacific Region recording the most important enhance, adopted by the European Region. 

“Despite efforts to extend vaccination coverage, many countries across all six WHO Regions continue to experience surges in Covid-19 cases,” stated the replace. The highest numbers of latest instances have been reported from Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Brazil, India and the United States. 

On variants: Cases of the Alpha variant have been reported in 180 international locations, the Beta variant in 130 international locations, the Gamma variant in 78 international locations and the Delta variant in 124 international locations. In the previous week, six new international locations reported the Alpha variant, seven new international locations reported the Beta variant, three new international locations the Gamma variant and 13 new international locations reported the Delta variant. 

The replace says that will increase in transmission look like pushed by these 4 elements:

  • Circulation of extra transmissible variants of concern
  • Relaxation of public well being social measures
  • Increases in social mixing
  • Numerous individuals who stay inclined to an infection on account of inequitable vaccine distribution globally. 


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