COVID-19 cases rise for first time in seven weeks: WHO

The United Nations

After six consecutive weeks of decline, COVID-19 cases worldwide increased last week for the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

Four of the agency’s six regions reported a rise in numbers, with Africa and the Western Pacific excluded.

“This is disappointing, but not surprising”, said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking during his biweekly press briefing from Geneva.

“Some of it appears to be due to relaxing of public health measures, continued circulation of variants, and people letting down their guard.”

The jump in cases comes as the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines continues.

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