“A tsunami of cases that is saturating health systems around the world”: this is the snapshot of what the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus is causing, according to the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO ), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The Ethiopian scientist however warned: “It appears to be less severe than the Delta, especially in vaccinated people, but should not be classified as ‘mild’, because it also causes hospitalizations and is killing. ”
Global cases of Covid-19 increased by 70%, a percentage never seen before, in the week from December 27 to January 2, but deaths in that same period decreased by 10%, according to the epidemiological report released by the Organization.
Last week there were 9.5 million infections, a figure almost double the previous weekly records, while deaths were 41,000, so for the fourth consecutive week deaths decreased despite the current virulent wave of infections.
Paradoxically, in America, the continent where the increase in cases was greatest (100%) was also the region in which deaths decreased the most (18%), while in Europe, with an increase in positives of 65 %, deaths decreased by 6%.