21 January 2022,   15:08
World reached plateau in COVID-19 incidence, WHO expert says

The world has reached a plateau in terms of the incidence of COVID-19, but a different situation is observed in different regions of the planet, Maria van Kerkhove, expert of the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

“We’ve reached a plateau in cases around the world, but that plateau is on a really high intensity level. There are about 4.4-4.5 million cases being reported each week and that is certainly an underestimate of the true number of cases that are actually occurring around the world. And we have 67,000-68,000 deaths per week”, - said Maria van Kerkhove.

She added that by region the dynamics is very different and there is "no one snapshot of how this virus is circulating”.

"The reason why is it so worrying is because we are 20 months into the pandemic and we have tools that can actually prevent those infections from the spread and save people’s lives”, - she conclude.