The world recorded more than 290 million cases of COVID-19

According to statistics site, as of 8:30 a.m. on January 3 (Vietnam time), the world recorded a total of 290,628,557 cases of COVID-19 and 5,460,281 deaths.

Top US epidemiologist Anthony Fauci thinks the country is seeing an "almost vertical" increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases due to the spread of the Omicron variant.

The number of recovered cases is 254,525,826 cases. In the past 24 hours, the world has recorded about 823,362 cases and 2,949 deaths.

The United States remains the worst-affected country in the world, followed by India and Brazil.

Europe is the region most severely affected by the COVID-19 epidemic with nearly 88.74 million infections, followed by Asia with 84.9 million infections. North America recorded nearly 66.43 million infections, South America over 39.86 million cases, followed by Africa with 9.87 million cases and Oceania with over 627,000 cases.

US: The number of new cases increased almost vertically

The United States remains the most severely affected country in the world. The total number of infections in the US so far is 56,052,638 people, including 847,300 deaths.

The US is experiencing an unprecedented increase in infections. According to VNA, top US epidemiologist Anthony Fauci said that the country is seeing an "almost vertical" increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19 due to the spread of the Omicron variant. He stressed that the current rate of infection is "really unprecedented". However, Fauci said that there is growing evidence that the virulence of Omicron is not as strong as previous variants and that hospitalization and death rates in the US in recent weeks are much lower than waves. COVID-19 earlier.

According to this expert, the fact that the Omicron variant spread quickly and then dropped sharply in South Africa at the end of last year shows that there is a basis for hope. However, with American students going back to school from January 3 after the year-end break, Mr. Fauci continued to urge parents to make sure they get vaccinated, use masks and get tested if needed. set. This epidemiologist warned that there is still a risk of an increase in the number of hospital admissions in the US, thereby putting pressure on the health system due to the high number of new COVID-19 patients.

According to the Hindustan Times, the current wave of COVID-19 in India

is spreading at a dizzying speed, surpassing all previous waves, including the first wave. The second most serious epidemic in the early summer of last year. This is an indication that this latest wave of COVID-19 with the emergence of the Omicron variant is evolving rapidly in the world's second most populous country, as is the trend in many other countries.

Indian health officials said on January 2 that in the previous 24 hours, the country recorded 27,533 new COVID-19 cases and 284 deaths. The number of infections with the Omicron variant is now 1,525 and this variant has spread across 23 states. Maharashtra is the state with the most Omicron infections with 460 cases, followed by New Delhi with 351 cases.

According to a report by the health authority, in the week to December 25, 2021, the average number of new cases per day in India was 6,641 cases. This means that in just one week, the rate of new cases has skyrocketed by 175%. This is the highest weekly increase since April 9, 2000, surpassing even the peak increase in the second wave of COVID-19 when the increase was about 75%.

This report estimates that at the current rate of increase, the number of new daily cases in India could reach 36,000 cases in the next 7 days. But experts are optimistic that the infection of the Omicron variant mainly leads to mild cases, not straining the health system like the worst scenario that happened in the second wave of the epidemic.

The world now has all the tools and resources to end the pandemic

The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) is optimistic that the COVID-19 pandemic may end in 2022 if global vaccination rates increase and countries work together to control the spread of the disease.

In a statement on December 31, WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus affirmed that the world now has all the tools and resources to end the pandemic, which he called a "disaster". He emphasized, if the right choice is made, the world can reverse the pandemic

. equal to and facilitated the appearance of the Omicron variant. As long as vaccine inequality continues, there is a greater risk that the virus will evolve to levels that cannot be prevented or predicted. He called for an end to vaccine inequality to end the pandemic, and one of the new year's goals is to vaccinate 70% of the world's population by mid-2022.

Source: Cổng thông tin điện tử Chính phủ

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