The World Health Organization (WHO) recorded over 1.1m cases of COVID-19

Posted on: Tue 23-01-2024

The World Health Organisation, WHO, said yesterday that over 1.1 million new cases of COVID-19 have been reported between December 11, 2023 and January 7, 2024, (28 days) with 8700 new fatalities globally.

In an epidemiological update on the global and regional situation, with information on hospitalizations and ICU admissions, as well as the variants of interest and variants under monitoring, WHO also revealed that as of January 7, a total of 774 million people had died of COVID-19 globally.

The report stated that globally, the number of new cases increased by four percent during the 28 days of December 11, 2023, to January 7, 2024, as compared to the previous 28-day period, with over 1.1 million new cases.

“The number of new deaths decreased by 26 percent as compared to the previous 28-day period, with 8700 new fatalities reported. As of January 7, 2024, over 774 million confirmed cases and over seven million deaths have been reported globally.

“During the period from December 11, 2023, to January 7, 2024, COVID-19 new hospitalizations and admissions to an intensive care unit, ICU, both recorded an overall increase of 40 percent and 13 percent, with over 173 000 and 1900 admissions respectively.”

“Globally, JN.1 is currently the most circulating VOI and is now reported by 71 countries, accounting for around 66 percent of the sequences in week 52, compared to around 25 percent in week 48.”