The World Health Organization said Monday that most regions of the world are witnessing an increase in new cases of Covid-19, as indicators and highly contagious variants continue to spread.
Maria Van Kerkhove, the agency’s technical chief for Covid-19, told reporters during a press conference that new infections worldwide have increased by 8% over the past week, the fifth consecutive week that the World Health Organization has known an increase in transmission.
Van Kerkhove confirmed that cases in Europe, where the highly contagious B.1.1.7 variant is fast moving, are up 12%. The World Health Organization also saw a 49% increase in cases in the Southeast Asia region, an 8% increase in the Eastern Mediterranean region, and a 29% increase in the Western Pacific region, accompanied by an increase in infections in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea.
Van Kerkhove said the Americas and Africa experienced a “slight decrease”, but said the overall case numbers were “worrying”.
“There is increasing pressure to open up in many of these countries, and there is an Iraqi on the part of individuals, individuals and societies to comply with proven control measures,” she said, adding that there has been a “slight increase” in deaths around the world. “We also believe that the distribution of vaccination is uneven and unfair between countries”.