“The world is in a dangerous time of this pandemic: we have just passed the tragic milestone of 4 million recorded deaths, which probably underestimate the overall toll. Some countries with high vaccination coverage are now planning the recall in the coming months, but they are also abandoning public health measures and relaxing as if the Covid pandemic was already over. ” This is the call that comes from the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during a press conference to take stock of the coronavirus epidemic.
Increase of infections
According to what the WHO reports in its report, for the second week the cases of Covid-19 globally are in “slight increase”, after a decline for 7 consecutive weeks. In the 7 days between June 28 and July 4, the number of new infections was over 2.6 million The decline in deaths continues, which in the period under examination amounted to 54 thousand (-7%), the lowest figure since the beginning of October 2020. Overall, since the beginning of the emergency the infections exceed 183 million and the deaths are almost 4 million.
“This week all the WHO Regions,” except the Americas, reported an increase in new cases “, explains the Geneva agency, emphasizing in particular that” the European Region has recorded a sharp increase in incidence (+30 %) compared to the previous week, while the African Region recorded a sharp increase in mortality (+ 23%) “. In general, despite the overall decline, “all regions, with the exception of the Americas and Southeast Asia, have reported an increase in deaths in the last week”.
In the 7 days analyzed “the highest number of new cases was reported by Brazil (364.709, -30%)”, followed by “India (312.250, -11%), Colombia (204.556, stable data), Indonesia (168.780, + 35%) and the United Kingdom (161,805, + 67%) “.
In the European Region of the World Health Organization, based on the estimated benefit for the Delta variant in terms of higher transmissibility and prediction models, “90% of new Sars-CoV-2 infections are expected to be due to Delta. by the end of August “. “According to the data submitted to the international database Gisaid – recalls the WHO – the actual reproductive number estimated for the Delta variant is 55% higher than the Alpha variant, and 97% higher than non-Voc / Voi mutants”, that is which represent neither variants of ‘concern’ nor variants of ‘interest’. Precisely by virtue of this advantage, the Geneva agency expects that “Delta will quickly overtake the other variants and become the dominant lineage in the coming months”.
An enemy not to be underestimated, the WHO warns, considering that “the first data from Scotland, relating to people who tested Covid-positive from 1 April to 21 June, showed an increased risk of hospitalization among those infected with the Delta variant, than those infected with the Alpha variant “.