Next COVID variant will be more contagious than Omicron, WHO warns
Pre-Omicron, there was an estimate that one out of every 10 patients would suffer from long COVID, and how the new variants would change that, it is yet to be known
The next Covid-19 variant will definitely be more contagious than omicron, but the real question is whether or not it will be more deadly World Health Organization officials pointed out. Further, issuing another warning regarding long COVID, they asserted that pre-Omicron, there was an estimate that one out of every 10 patients would suffer from lingering symptoms, however, it is yet to be known, how or whether new variants can change that count.
21 million new COVID cases reported last week
The UN health agency on Tuesday said that there were 21 million new coronavirus cases reported globally last week, the highest weekly number of COVID-19 cases recorded since the pandemic began. The number of deaths was largely unchanged, at more than 50,000.
In its weekly assessment of the pandemic, issued late Tuesday, WHO said the number of new coronavirus infections rose by 5% and that the rate of increase appears to be slowing; only half of regions reported an increase in COVID-19.
It further added, the biggest increase in cases was seen in the Middle East, with a 39% rise, followed by a 36% jump in Southeast Asia. Deaths increased in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Americas, but fell in other regions.
(With inputs from agencies)
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