Updated on March 2nd, 2021, 10:38 pm
- After weeks of decline, the WHO reports a global Covid increase of seven percent.
- This development could have something to do with the spread of more contagious variants of the virus.
In a trend reversal, the number of new cases of Covid-19 increased by seven percent worldwide last week. The World Health Organization (WHO) published figures in Geneva on Tuesday evening for the first increase after six weeks of decline. Accordingly, 2.6 million cases were reported to the UN agency in Geneva in the last week of February.
This development could have to do with the spread of more contagious virus variants, the WHO wrote in a report. As other possible reasons, she named the relaxation of health measures and corona fatigue.
Strongest increase in the Middle East
The strongest weekly increase was in the Middle East (14 percent), followed by Southeast Asia (9 percent), Europe (9 percent) and the American continent (6 percent). In contrast, almost a quarter fewer cases were reported from Africa than in the previous week. In the West Pacific region with East Asia and Australia, the numbers fell slightly.
The WHO emphasized that corona vaccinations only make you immune after weeks. It will take even longer to achieve a broader protective effect for entire population groups. Therefore, tests, contact tracking, distance, masks and hygiene must continue to be relied on. (dpa / fra)