The number of COVID-19 cases jumped 52% in 28 days

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The number of COVID-19 cases jumped 52% in 28 days. In a statement issued at the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Sunday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that over 850,000 new cases of COVID-19 had been reported during the 28-day period of November 20 to December 17 2023, which was a 52% increase from 28 days earlier, when compared to 28 days previously.

As of December 17, 2023, more than 772 million confirmed cases and nearly seven million deaths have been reported around the world, despite the fact that the number of new deaths decreased by 8% from the previous 28-day period, with over 3,000 new fatalities reported.

It was announced today by the World Health Organization that a new COVID-19 epidemiological update was available with information about hospitalisations and ICU admissions globally as well as updates regarding variants of interest and variants under surveillance.

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak that occurred between November 13 and December 10, over 118,000 new hospitalizations and over 1,600 new intensive care unit admissions have occurred as a result of the outbreak. According to WHO, in the current and past reporting periods, the number of COVID-19 hospitalisations has increased by 23% and 51%, respectively.

As of December 18, JN.1 has been designated a distinct variant of interest (VOI) apart from BA.2.86 which is a sub-lineage of the Omicron variant BA.2.86 in light of the rapid increase in prevalence that it has experienced recently coupled with its rapid rise in prevalence over the previous few months. As for the most reported “variants of interest” worldwide, EG.5 continues to rank as the most common.

According to the WHO, the variant JN.1 is now being classified as a separate variant of interest (VOI) from the parent lineage BA.2.86 because of the rapid spread of the variant in recent years. There was a time when it was classified as VOI as part of the BA.2.86 sublineages, but now it has been removed.

According to the available evidence, JN.1 poses an additional risk to global public health that is currently considered to be quite low based on the available evidence. While this is true, it would not be surprising if JN.1 was to cause a rise in respiratory infection rates in many countries across the world with the onset of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

As evidence of the risks associated with JN.1 is constantly being reviewed, the WHO will update the risk assessment as required.

In spite of the current vaccines, COVID-19 has continued to present a serious health risk because the virus that causes it, SARS-CoV-2, which is causing severe disease and death.

It is important to note that COVID-19 is only one of many respiratory diseases prevalent in the world outside of COVID-19. As influenza aortic and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections as well as common childhood pneumonias have been on the rise over the past few years, there has been an increase in these infections.

The World Health Organization recommends that people take steps to prevent infections and serious diseases, including the following, using all the tools that are available to them.

  • Whenever you are in a crowded area, enclosed space, or location with inadequate ventilation, it is advised that you wear a mask and maintain a safe distance from other people.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes – it is good respiratory etiquette to cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • It is important to keep your hands clean at all times.
  • If you are at high risk for severe illnesses, such as COVID-19, influenza, and other diseases, make sure you stay current with your vaccinations for these diseases in particular.
  • Whenever you feel sick, it is best to stay at home.
  • Do not ignore symptoms, or do not neglect getting tested if you have symptoms, or if you might have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 or influenza.

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