EM – Regions in Africa, the Western Pacific and Europe report spikes in COVID cases: WHO

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The report referred for the first time to the new Omicron variant, which was baptized on Friday after its discovery in South Africa and Botswana.

Published: December 01, 2021 8:16 PM |

Last updated: December 01, 2021 8:16 PM

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GENEVA: The World Health Organization says the increase in coronavirus cases has remained constant over the past week, although the regions of Africa, Western Pacific and Europe all saw increases.

The UN health agency said in However, in their latest weekly epidemiological report on the pandemic that case numbers in Africa rose 93%, cautioned not to overinterpret that high number as it was mainly due to South Africa’s batch reporting of antigen tests.

The The report first referred to the new variant of Omicron, which was baptized on Friday after its discovery in South Africa and Botswana.

According to the WHO, the variant has now been reported in a limited number of countries – although it has become widespread, in four of the six regions of WHO.

As of Sunday, there were more than 280 million cases and more than 5.2 million deaths due to the pandemic, said the WHO with.

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