The Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which is more infectious, appears to cause less severe forms of the disease than Delta, but should not be classified as “mild”, the head of the WHO (World Health Organization) said on Thursday.
During a press conference, WHO Director-General also repeated his call for greater global equity in the distribution and access to coronavirus vaccines.
He warned that, based on the current rate of vaccine distribution, 109 countries will not meet the WHO’s target of 70% of the world’s population being fully vaccinated by July. This objective is seen as a fundamental help to end the acute phase of the pandemic.
mina among the new cases of Covid-19 in Brazil, according to the website Our World in Data, a data platform linked to the University of Oxford. The survey concerns December 2021, when cases of the new strain jumped from 0.16% at the beginning of the month to 58.33% on the 27th.
Brazil has registered an increase in new cases of the disease since Christmas week, the beginning of the end-of-year get-togethers, when the moving average jumped from 3,415 on December 20 to 12,467 last Wednesday (5), according to the Ministry of Health. Conass (National Council of Health Secretaries). The moving average of deaths remains below 100.
On Tuesday (4), the United States broke the world record for new daily cases by registering 1 million in 24 hours. The country is experiencing a new wave caused by the Ômicron variant and, despite the rise in the number of infections, deaths have fallen by 10% in the last week.