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Covid-19: the risk linked to Omicron remains high, according to the WHO – Le Monde


It is too early to let our guard down, warns the World Health Organization (WHO). In its weekly bulletin published on Tuesday January 25, the institution notes that the number of Covid-19 contaminations reached an unprecedented level last week.

“Based on currently available data, the overall risk from Omicron remains very high”, warned the WHO. “More than 21 million new cases have been recorded [ces sept derniers jours], which represents the highest number of weekly cases recorded since the start of the pandemic”, she said.

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The organization said the number of new cases had increased by 5% in the past week, compared to 20% the previous week. The overall incidence rate increases dramatically “slower”, she said, however. The WHO also reported 50,000 new deaths, a stable figure compared to the previous seven days.

Omicron still dominant

The Omicron variant remains dominant worldwide. The prevalence of the Delta variant is “continuing decline” while Alpha, Beta and Gamma variants circulate “very weakly”. “Countries that saw an increase in Omicron cases in November and December 2021 have seen or are starting to see a drop in cases” currently, the WHO added.

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The Omicron variant accounted for 89.1% of coronavirus specimens collected and examined over the past thirty days. The data, uploaded to the global database Gisaid, also shows that the Delta variant, which previously dominated, now accounts for just 10.7% of cases.

The World with AFP

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