This is the fifth week in a row that the number of new Covid-19 infections has decreased. According to the WHO, the decline is 16% globally.
A 16% drop in new cases of Covid worldwide
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday, February 16, 2021 that the number of new cases of Covid-19 reported across the world fell 16% during the week of February 8 to 14. Thus, 2.7 million new cases were identified during this week. The WHO also records a decrease in the number of new deaths, -10% compared to the previous week or 81,000 deaths in total.
The WHO weekly epidemiological report estimates that in detail, Africa and the Western Pacific are the two regions of the world recording the largest decline with 20% fewer new cases. In Europe, the fall is 18%. The American continent is right up to the world average with a 16% drop in new cases recorded, while Southeast Asia has seen the least decline with 13% fewer cases.
A decline in the number of cases which does not justify a relaxation
If the number of cases is declining, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO recalled that this new decrease did not justify that the world relaxes its efforts against the virus ” This shows that simple public health measures work, even in the presence of variants, he said. What matters now is how we react to this trend. The fire is not extinguished, but we have reduced its size. If we stop fighting it on any front, it will come back in force. “
WHO also takes stock of the circulation of Covid-19 variants around the world during this week from February 8 to 14, 2021. The so-called British variant has been reported in eight new countries, 94 countries are therefore affected. The so-called South African variant affects two new countries and is therefore present in 46 countries around the world. As for the so-called Brazilian variant, he conquered six new countries, thus increasing to 21 countries.
This decline in the number of Covid-19 cases for the fifth consecutive week can be explained by several factors. In particular that of the season, since the southern hemisphere in the middle of the summer season enjoys milder temperatures and less conducive to the spread of a virus. Secondly, the vaccination campaigns that have started all over the world are starting to bear fruit in certain countries, such as Israel for example.