Global COVID-19 cases hit 250 million, eastern Europe infections at record levels

Global COVID-19 cases exceeded 250 million on Monday like some countries in Eastern Europe experience record outbreaks, even if the rise of the Delta variant decreases and much countries resume trade and tourism.

The daily average number of cases has fallen met 36% over the past three months, according to a Reuters analysis, but the virus still infects 50 million people every 90 days due to the highly portable Delta variant.

In contrast, it is took almost one year until record the first 50 million COVID-19 cases.

Health experts are optimistic that many countries have caused the worst of the pandemic behind them thanks to vaccines and natural exposure, although they warn it is colder weather and upcoming holiday meetings can increase the number of cases.

“We think between now and the end of 2022, this is the point where we take control over this virus … where we can significantly reduce serious illness and death,” Maria Van Kerkhove, an epidemiologist leading the World Health Organization, told Reuters on Nov 3 read more

Infections are still rising in 55 out of 240 countries, with Russia, Ukraine and Greece on of near record levels of reported cases since the pandemic began two years ago, according to a Reuters analysis.

Eastern Europe has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the region. More than half of all new worldwide reported infections were from countries in Europe, with a million new infections about every four days, according to the analysis.

Several Russian regions said this week they could impose additional restrictions of could extend the closure of the workplace, as the country testifies record deaths from the disease. read more

Multiple world leaders have emphasized that need improve vaccination programs around the world, special in the least prosperous countries.

More than half the world’s population yet to receive a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to Our World in Data, a figure that drops to less than 5% in low income countries.

Improving Vaccine access will be on the agenda of meetings of the powerful Asia-Pacific trade group APEC, hosted this week pretty much through New Zealand.

APEC members, including Russia, China and the United States, pledged special meeting in June to expand sharing and production of COVID-19 vaccines and elevator trade barriers for medicines. read more

“Together we continue to keep supply chains running and are supporting trade in critical medical supplies – including test kits, PPE and now vaccines,” said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and other aid organizations last month appealed to leaders of the world’s20 largest economies to fund a $23.4 billion plan to make COVID-19 vaccines, tests and drugs poorer countries in the next 12 months.

Source: Reuters