WHO says global rise in Covid-19 cases ‘tip of the iceberg’

  • Reported Covid-19 cases rose globally by 8 per cent last week, with more than 11 million cases, 43,000 new deaths
  • Official global death toll is more than six million – though the true figure is believed to be several times higher

Figures showing a global rise in Covid-19 cases could herald a much bigger problem as some countries also report a drop in testing rates, the WHO said on Tuesday, warning nations to remain vigilant against the virus.

After more than a month of decline, Covid-19 cases started to increase around the world last week, the WHO said, with lockdowns in Asia and China’s Jilin province battling to contain an outbreak.

A combination of factors was causing the increases, including the highly transmissible Omicron variant and its cousin the BA. 2 sub-variant, and the lifting of public health and social measures, the WHO said.

“These increase are occurring despite reductions in testing in some countries, which means the cases we’re seeing are just the tip of the iceberg,” WHO’s head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters.

Low vaccination rates in some countries, driven partly by a “huge amount of misinformation” also explained the rise, WHO officials said.

New infections jumped by 8 per cent globally compared to the previous week, with 11 million new cases and just over 43,000 new deaths reported from March 7-13. It is the first rise since the end of January.

The biggest jump was in the WHO’s Western Pacific region, which includes South Korea and China, where cases rose by 25 per cent and deaths by 27 per cent.

Africa also saw a 12 per cent rise in new cases and 14 per cent rise in deaths, and Europe a 2 per cent rise in cases but no jump in deaths. Other regions reported declining cases, including the eastern Mediterranean region, although this area saw a 38 per cent rise in deaths linked to a previous spike in infections.

A number of experts have raised concerns that Europe faces another coronavirus wave, with case rising since the beginning of March in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

The WHO’s Maria Van Kerkhove said at the briefing that BA. 2 appears to be the most transmissible variant so far.

However, there are no signs that it causes more severe disease, and no evidence that any other new variants are driving the rise in cases.

The picture in Europe is also not universal. Denmark, for example, saw a brief peak in cases in the first half of February, driven by BA. 2, which quickly subsided.

But experts have begun to warn that the United States could soon see a similar wave to that seen in Europe, potentially driven by BA. 2, the lifting of restrictions and potential waning immunity from vaccines given several months ago.

“I agree with the easing of restrictions, because you can’t think of it as an emergency after two years,” said Antonella Viola, professor of immunology at Italy’s University of Padua.

“We just have to avoid thinking that Covid is no longer there. And therefore maintain the strictly necessary measures, which are essentially the continuous monitoring and tracking of cases, and the maintenance of the obligation to wear a mask in closed or very crowded places.”

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    • You’re incorrigible. Maybe some electric shock treatment for those frayed wires in your brain might help. You’re patently impervious to the meds. Bat-shit craaazzzzzy. Closet bully sicko.

        • Stop trying to pass yourself off as Angel. You’re the resident LUNATIC of ANR and the Angel stalker, verbal attack monster. However, we’re making progress with that acknowledgement of your lunacy.
          Shock therapy working already 🤣😂🤣

  1. – they continue to push a vax which was developed 2 years ago for variants which have recently started spreading.
    – They have incentivized case reporting, hospitalization, ventilation and death and wonder why they don’t decline.
    – They are still denying that any of the (affordable) treatments work.
    – Why don’t they tell the people that the death rate during the Pfizer trials was 12x the COVID death rate? and that:
    – Pfizer and the FDA knew that the vax could only be proven effective after applying special math to the data

    • You are 100% correct. Lots of evidence available on how Ivermectin and a few nutraceuticls crush covid 19. Honduras is a perfect example of it. Btw, the NIH knew since 2005 that Chloroquine worked on SARS.

  2. Welcome Noise, a new A-Team recruit I see. Angel put you on the early shift did she? Are you pushing hydroxychloroquine or invermectin? Maybe you prefer the the internal light treatment, a very bright light inserted into the body, many people say that works. Or maybe you have a preference for bleach, that’s pretty affordable. Why don’t you try swinging a chicken over your head, many people say that works too.

    • – Ivermectin is on the WHO’s list of essential medicines. It’s creator received a Nobel prize, however it’s copyright has expired so it’s basically useless financially to it’s creators, who by the way are major contributors to the popular medical publications.
      – Hydroxychloroquine is a popular treatment for arthritis. The US military informed Fauci that it was effective on coronaviruses long before the pandemic.
      – Florida has been doing well with monoclonal antibodies (despite Biden trying to buy them all up)
      – Studies are coming out now, from top universities that show a relation between levels of zinc, vitamin D, vitamin C and others
      – So what they’re saying is no way to know the side-effects of vitamins, or treatments which have been around for 30+ years but a drug which was developed in 8 months is safe and effective, mostly because it’s creator says it is…right…you can have mine, thankyou

    • Hey predictable, it was not BLEACH that was touted as a covid cure, it was CHLORINE DIOXIDE. Chlorine dioxide (ClO2), is a potent biocide and has been used for many years to disinfect municipal water. Stop lying about the BLEACH. That is just ignorant talk.

        • No he didn’t. You are just parroting a quip some leftist wise-guy made.

          Here are his full comments:

          “A question that probably some of you are thinking of if you’re totally into that world, which I find to be very interesting. So, supposedly we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light, and I think you said that hasn’t been checked, but you’re going to test it. And then I said supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. (To Bryan) And I think you said you’re going to test that, too. Sounds interesting, right?”

          He continued.

          “And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning, because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that, so that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me. So, we’ll see, but the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute. That’s pretty powerful.”

          Later, Trump clarified his comments after a reporter asked Bryan whether disinfectants could actually be injected into COVID-19 patients.

          “It wouldn’t be through injections, almost a cleaning and sterilization of an area. Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t work, but it certainly has a big effect if it’s on a stationary object.”

          Trump did not explicitly recommend ingesting a disinfectant like bleach.

      • All the these jab junkies have are lies and nonsense. The people were lied to big time by the authorities. But now those lies are exposed and debunked they still carry on with their nonsense.

        It’s sad really.

        • It’s beyond SAD. It’s CRIMINAL. Their lies cost many people their lives.
          * Masks cause HARM, the help was minimal
          * Th JAB isn’t ‘safe and effective’, it is dangerous.
          * LOCKDOWNS were ineffective and cost us the destruction of the middle class. Businesses were crushed, People committed suicide. It was MASS MURDER & crimes against humanity.

          The people responsible must be brought to justice for their crimes.


    • Nobody is saying you need to stop doing ANYTHING. Continue wearing a mask if you want to… hell, wear three if it makes you feel safe.

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