The World Health Organization announced a decline in the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths for the third week in a row, as 7 million new cases were reported during the past week, a decrease of 24% compared to the previous week, and the number of deaths worldwide decreased by 18%, to reach 22,000 deaths in the past week.
The organization warned that the reason for this decrease in numbers is due to the decrease in the frequency of tests and diagnosis, which leads to the detection of fewer actual infections.
The organization confirmed that it tracks and monitors all Covid-19 mutations, including omicron BA4 and BA5, to detect any genomic changes to the virus that may lead to an increase in the spread or severity of the disease it causes.
The WHO Emergency Committee stated that the time had not yet come to relax and reduce the capabilities of monitoring Covid-19 and following up on its genetic sequence, calling for the precautionary measures not to be relaxed, as the virus continues to evolve.
Countries must continue to implement their preparedness and response plans to confront other complex stages of the virus’ development.
The Director-General of the Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, said in a press conference: The countries of the world are currently negotiating an agreement to strengthen the response to epidemics in the future, and a specialized committee will formulate a new instrument on epidemic preparedness and response, allowing the world to confront any upcoming threats.