The World Health Organization recently shared that the global rate of death from COVID-19 has dropped by 90% since February.
While this is great news, variants continue to pop up.
Last week 9,400 COVID deaths were reported to the WHO. In February, that number was 75,000 according to CNY Central.
Testing is still low globally, and vaccine gaps still exist between rich and poor countries.
New cases reached 2.1 million for the week last week, down 15% from the week before. Weekly death rates dropped by 10% from the week before.
In all there have been 629 million cases reported and 6.5 million deaths.
Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on COVID-19, believes the numbers are much higher than what is actually being reported due to the low testing rates.
She described the issue as still being a pandemic and still circulating around the world.
Japan reported the highest number of new cases, followed by Korea, the U.S., Germany, and China.
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