WHO: COVID-19 Cases Rose By More Than 50%, Deaths Stable

FILE - A worker wearing a protection suit sprays disinfectant as residents wearing face masks to protect from the coronavirus line up for the coronavirus test during a mass testing in north China's Tianjin municipality, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. The northern Chinese city of Tianjin ordered a second round of COVID-19 testing on all 14 million residents Wednesday following the discovery of 97 cases of the omicron variant during initial screenings that began Sunday. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

(AP) — The World Health Organization says the number of new coronavirus infections in the last week globally jumped by about 55% although the number of deaths remained stable. In its latest weekly pandemic report issued on Tuesday, the U.N. health agency said there were about 15 million new COVID-19 cases last week and more than 43,000 new deaths. Every world region reported a rise in COVID-19 cases except for Africa, where officials saw a 11% drop. WHO says the extremely contagious omicron variant continues to define the pandemic globally and is now crowding out the previously dominant delta variant.


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