The WHO said the number of deaths from Covid globally increased by 4% after several consecutive weeks of decline, when many countries were at risk of experiencing a new wave of epidemics.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on June 16 recorded 8,700 deaths from Covid-19 between June 6 and June 12, an increase of 21% in the Americas and 17% in the Western Pacific.
The agency said Covid-19 cases in general continued to decline after the peak of the epidemic in January. However, in some areas, the number of Covid-19 patients still increased significantly. In which, the Middle East increased by 58% and Southeast Asia by 33%.
“As many countries have reduced testing and contact tracing, the reported numbers may be lower than they actually are,” WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said earlier this week.
Singapore’s Health Minister Ong Ye Kung has warned the country could experience the next wave of Covid-19 in July or August, when antibody levels in vaccinated people wane. The statement is based on the situation in the US and Europe, where infections are increasing due to the BA.4 and BA.5 mutations circulating.
“When one wave of Covid-19 weakens, about four to six months later, another wave will come,” he said.
German politicians and medical experts also warn of a new wave of infections in the summer in the country. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the seven-day national infection rate as of the morning of June 15 was 472 cases per 100,000 people, nearly double what it was a week earlier.
According to Tedros, “there is no acceptable level of death from Covid-19”, because the global population now has the right vaccines, drugs and testing methods to stop the virus.
This week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted in favor of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for children under 5 years of age. Experts agree that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks. Going forward, about 18 million American children will be vaccinated. This is the last group in the US to have access to a vaccine.
While many European and North American countries lift pandemic-era restrictions, China still implements strong policies such as mass testing, tracing and isolating anyone who came into contact with F0. The Beijing Department of Education continued to close schools this week. People still have to be tested regularly, wear masks and make medical declarations when going to public places.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19 at the end of 2019, the world has recorded a total of more than 543 million infections and 6.3 million deaths.
In Vietnam, the Covid epidemic is under control, the number of new cases in provinces and cities is only about 1-45 cases a day, Hanoi alone has 145 F0 on June 16, according to the Ministry of Health. The campaign to vaccinate children 5-12 years old and the 3rd and 4th shots for people aged 18 years and older have not yet reached progress, the Ministry of Health regularly issues an urge. Some experts said that people still need to be vaccinated again to limit new cases or re-infection, and continue to maintain herd immunity.
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