WHO demands increased social surveillance as coronavirus cases plunge

The number of new coronavirus cases fell globally last week, including in the Western Pacific region where it had been rising since December, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Wednesday.

This unadulterated good news was tempered by a warning for governments around the world to enforce strict levels of social surveillance to thwart any possible resurgence – now and in the future.

As overall case rates declined, the UN agency also reported that the number of people killed by the coronavirus had increased by more than 40% during the same period, likely due to changes in the way deaths were reported across the Americas and by newly adjusted figures from India.

AP is reporting around 10 million new coronavirus infections and more than 45,000 deaths have been reported worldwide in the past week, following a 23% drop in deaths the previous week.

Overall, a total of 10,805,132 new cases and 45,711 deaths were reported to the global organization from March 21-27.

Declining case incidence was reported by all six WHO global regions, particularly the Eastern Mediterranean (down 32%), Africa (down 29%) and the Western Pacific (down 29%). down 24%).

In Europe, which accounts for 49% of all new cases recorded globally over the past week, the number of cases has fallen by 4%.

The agency has warned countries in recent weeks against abandoning their comprehensive testing and other surveillance measures, saying any relaxation of social scrutiny and surveillance would cripple efforts to accurately track the spread of the virus. .

“The data is progressively becoming less representative, less timely and less robust,” the WHO said during the weekly briefing. “This inhibits our collective ability to track where the virus is, how it is spreading and how it is changing: information and analysis that remains critical to effectively ending the acute phase of the pandemic.”

The agency warned that less surveillance would particularly harm efforts to detect new variants of COVID and jeopardize a potential response.

Despite a global drop in reported cases, China locked down Shanghai this week in an attempt to curb an outbreak of omicron that has caused the country’s biggest wave of illnesses since the virus was first detected in the Chinese city. from Wuhan in 2019, as reported by Breitbart News.

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