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New cases of coronavirus worldwide 25% in one week… The rate of increase is half of the previous week

India and Brazil doubled… The UK and South Africa show a reverse trend of decline

“Even when we start the descent, there is still danger… we have to be vigilant.”

A woman being tested for COVID-19 in Miami, Florida

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(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Hyungyeong = The highly contagious novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) has become the dominant species, and the number of new COVID-19 cases around the world has increased by 25% in one week.

The overall increase in new confirmed cases fell to half the previous week, but in India and Brazil, the number of confirmed cases more than doubled, showing a remarkable increase.

According to Worldometer, an international statistical site on the 17th, the number of new confirmed cases worldwide in the past week was 19,956,721. This is a 25% increase from the number of new confirmed cases last week. As a result, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide so far stands at 32857,335.

UPI News reported that the number of daily new confirmed cases worldwide soared to 3,333,946 on the 13th, breaking the record for a single day, and then decreased to 2,427,109 on the 15th. explained that the figure is equivalent to half of the previous week.

About a month ago, on the 13th of last month, the number of new confirmed cases was 488,954, and on April 29 of last year, when the predominance of the delta mutation, which was the dominant species before the omicron mutation, was at its peak, there were 904,84 new confirmed cases. has been counted as

The increase in the number of confirmed cases has slowed somewhat, but the rate of increase in the death toll is rather steep. In the past seven days, the number of deaths increased by 10% from the previous week to 48,764. This increase is significantly larger than the 1% in the previous week.

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Crowded Sao Paulo subway station

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Last week, omicron mutations spread rapidly in India, which has a population of 1.4 billion, and Brazil, which has a population of 214 million. During this period, the number of new confirmed cases in these countries jumped to 1,594,160 and 476,198, respectively, up 150% and 129% from the previous week.

India’s COVID-19 increase is the most noticeable in eight months since May, when delta mutations were rampant.

India and Brazil have so far recorded 37,379,227 and 23,0657, respectively, ranking second and third in the world after the United States (66,6881,164). The number of new cases in the United States last week, with a population of 340 million, was 5,191,421, up 7% from the previous week.

Even in Japan, where the number of new confirmed cases is rapidly increasing in the new year, as of the 16th, the number of new confirmed cases per day was 25,658, the highest recorded on August 20, last year, the fifth epidemic (25,992). came close to

Even in Germany, COVID-19 is spreading at a high speed. According to statistics from Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) on the 16th, the number of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in Germany in the last week was 515.7, exceeding 500 for the first time.

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british street

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On the other hand, the number of confirmed cases has gradually decreased in major northern hemisphere countries, such as the UK, France, and Italy, which previously broke the record for the highest number of confirmed cases due to the influence of the Omicron mutation.

The number of new cases in the UK, which soared to a record high of about 220,000 on the 4th, fell to 7924 on the 16th, the lowest since December 14 of last year. As a result, the UK health authorities are considering lifting the COVID-19 quarantine restrictions at the end of this month.

France, which broke the record for the highest number of new cases with about 370,000 on the 11th, also fell to 270,000 a day on the 16th.

South Africa, the first epicenter of Omicron, saw a 27% decrease in new cases compared to the previous week, and other southern African countries are also reporting a trend of decreasing new cases.

However, scientists warn that it is still too early to be reassured despite the decrease in the number of confirmed cases in some countries.

“It’s not like reaching the top of Everest and having a little party and then starting the descent,” said Dr. Craig Spencer of Columbia University Medical Center in the US. It’s important to all of us,” he said.

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