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WHO: 4 world regions recorded an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases

According to the WHO, the Eastern Mediterranean region is seeing a sharp increase of 68% from the previous week, of which Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Iran are the countries with the highest number of cases.

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In its weekly update on the COVID-19 situation, the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 18 said that the number of COVID-19 infections was stabilizing globally, but now there are 4 regions registered. . The number of cases increased compared to the two regions 2 weeks ago.

The Eastern Mediterranean region is seeing a sharp increase of 68% from the previous week, with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Iran the countries with the highest number of cases.

It is followed by the Western Pacific region with a 14% increase in the number of cases, of which China, Australia and Japan are the countries with the highest number of cases. The Americas region saw a 26% increase in cases and a 6% increase in Africa.

However, the global number of deaths from COVID-19 continued to decline, with the exception of Africa, where the number of deaths last week increased by 48% from the previous seven days.

Regarding the most contagious sub-variants, the WHO said it is monitoring the BA.4, BA.5 and BA.2.12.1 sub-lines of the Omicron variant, which are spreading rapidly in developed countries. . show these variations first.

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To date, the covariate BA.4 has been detected in 20 countries, BA.5 in 19 countries, and BA.2.12.1 in 38 countries.

Globally, from the end of April to now, the covariates BA.4 and BA.5 have caused 0.5% and 0.4% of SARS-CoV-2 virus infections, respectively, while the 10%. BA.2 subinfections caused by the BA.2.12.1 sublineage.

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