World is heading for the highest infection rate

World Health Organization World is heading for the highest infection rate

Corona test in India

India today reports a new high with around 217.000 new corona infections. Photo: Mahesh Kumar A / AP / dpa

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At the end of 2020, most new corona infections were reported worldwide. According to the WHO, that could now change. Countries that have so far been relatively spared are particularly affected.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about the increase in corona infections and deaths reported worldwide. "The number of new cases per week has almost doubled in the past two months," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Geneva on Friday.

«We are approaching the highest Infection ratethat we have seen so far in this pandemic. " According to the WHO, the highest rate to date was towards the end of 2020.

As of April 15, the WHO reported 5,04 million new infections within seven days. According to WHO data, there have been 137,8 million infections and 2,96 million since the beginning of the pandemic Deaths registered. According to WHO information, 15 million vaccine doses had been administered by April 734, the majority of them in rich countries.

The WHO is particularly concerned that the number of cases is now rising in countries that have previously been relatively spared. This includes Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific. The poor country with just under nine million inhabitants had only reported 900 infections by the beginning of the year. The number has increased tenfold by mid-April, as Health Minister Jelta Wong reported. At the end of March, Australia donated 8000 doses of vaccine to the neighboring country. In addition, 132.000 vaccine doses have now arrived via the Covax vaccination initiative co-organized by the WHO.

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