The number of coronavirus cases globally dropped by 19 percent in the past week. At the same time, WHO records an ongoing increase in the incidence of the Omicron sub-variant.
The number of coronavirus infections worldwide decreased by almost a fifth last week: from February 7 to February 13, about 16 million new infections were registered, that is, 19 percent less than a week earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Tuesday evening, February 15.
According to preliminary data, the peak of infections throughout the entire pandemic was recorded in the last week of January - more than 22 million cases. Since February, the downward trend has been in place. Last week, a drop in the number of coronavirus cases was recorded in almost all regions, with the exception of East Asia and Oceania.
However, WHO reported an ongoing increase in infection with the BA.2 version of Omicron, even more contagious than the original one. BA.2 now accounts for more than one in five omicron cases. Statistics shows, BA.2 infections, despite the overall declining Omicron wave, continues to grow.