New COVID-19 records in Russia

The WHO epi update this week notes a stabilisation in new global cases and mortality, and all regions except Europe experienced an overall decline in numbers. The latest Johns Hopkins report provided more details: in the past fortnight ‘16 European countries have reported increases in daily incidence of 25% or greater, including Czechia (+102%), Latvia (+118%), and Poland (+123%) with greater than 100%’. Most of the countries reporting increases are in Central and Eastern Europe (except for Ireland, Iceland and the UK). Russia’s daily case and death incidences are at record highs with just under one third of the country fully vaccinated. According to a WHO study, only one in seven COVID-19 cases in Africa are detected, so actual numbers are more likely to be 59 million cases and not the more than eight million recorded. Eight countries are to participate in a program of ramped-up screening and preventive measures initially funded by the agency - Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Republic of the Congo, Senegal and Zambia. In our region, overall both new cases and deaths are lower, but notably, Papua New Guinea has reported a 481 percent rise in the weekly reporting of new deaths.

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