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COVID-19: WHO reports large drop in new cases amid global vaccine rollout



The World Health Organization reported a 16% global drop in new coronavirus cases last week. Meanwhile, Japan began its first vaccinations ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

A drop in new cases and deaths comes as more countries roll out vaccines

The World Health Organization said late Tuesday that the global figure of new coronavirus cases decreased by 500,000 last week to 2.7 million, a 16 percent drop over the previous week. In the first full week of January, new coronavirus cases had peaked at nearly 5 million.

Last week, nearly all regions of the world have seen a downward trend in new cases, except for the Middle East. There has also been a global drop in deaths last week, with 81,000 new deaths, a 10 percent decrease over the previous week.

The drop in new global cases and deaths comes as more countries roll out vaccines.

Here’s a rundown of some of the other most notable pandemic-related stories around the world at present.

Official data from the European Union released Tuesday found the bloc registered over 450,000 excess deaths between March and November of last year. Statistics firm Eurostat said the data “gives a general measure of the mortality impact of the COVID-19 pandemic because it includes all deaths independently from their causes.”

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has called for a global ceasefire in order to facilitate the rollout of coronavirus vaccines to conflict zones. Raab made the remarks prior to a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday.

The EU Commission approved a new contract for 300 million additional doses of the Moderna vaccine. The second contract with Moderna provides for an additional purchase of 150 million in 2021 and an option to purchase an additional 150 million in 2022 on behalf of all 27 EU member states.

“With a portfolio of up to 2.6 billion doses, we will be able to provide vaccines not just to our citizens, but to our neighbors and partners as well,” the EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said.

German Health Minister Jens Spahn told reporters in Berlin Wednesday that the B117 variant, also known as the “UK variant” now accounts for 22% of all new infections in the country.

Two weeks ago, the number of cases resulting from the mutation first discovered in the UK was just 6%. “We must assume that the variant could soon become dominant here too,” Spahn warned, adding that the percentage of cases resulting from that strain is said to be doubling every week.

Germany’s current lockdown has successfully reduced the number of new infections in the country, but Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders have said it is too early to ease restrictions, citing fears over the spread of the new variants.

Japan began its vaccine rollout on Wednesday, with the first shots given to healthcare workers. The vaccinations come as the country prepares for the Tokyo Olympics set for this summer.

Some 40,000 healthcare workers received their first shot, with their second jab scheduled for March. The Japanese government is concerned about vaccine supplies due to shortages in Europe, where many of the vaccines are manufactured.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday announced a snap three-day lockdown would end in Auckland, a city with a population of almost two million people. Ardern expressed confidence that the city’s outbreak had been contained.

Thailand on Wednesday reported 175 new coronavirus cases. No new deaths were reported.

India has registered its first cases of the variants first detected in South Africa and Brazil. The discovery is a cause of concern for health officials after numbers of new infections had been dropping in recent weeks.

Coronavirus cases in Mexico rose above 2 million, with 8,683 cases added on Tuesday, according to the country’s health ministry. The country’s official coronavirus case tally stands at 2,004,575, with a total of 175,986 reported deaths.

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US President Joe Biden on Tuesday attended a CNN townhall in Wisconsin, where he promoted his $1.9 trillion economic rescue package. Biden said the package would not only boost the economy, but also help finance the country’s vaccine rollout, a major logistical challenge for the new president’s administration.

El Salvador is set to receive its first shipment of vaccines from India on Wednesday. The AstraZeneca doses will be used initially on heath workers, the President’s Office said.

South Africa has offered to share 1 million Astrazeneca vaccine doses with other African nations. South Africa has decided to use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine instead after data revealed that the Astrazeneca vaccine only offered minimal protection to the country’s dominant coronavirus variant

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