The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide is close to 250 million as the delta-strain rise has eased and more trade and natural tourism resume, although some countries in Eastern Europe are experiencing record outbreaks.
A Reuters analysis showed that although the spread has slowed, the virus still infects 50 million people every 90 days due to the highly contagious delta strain . It took nearly a year for the first 50 million cases of COVID-19 to be recorded .
Health experts are optimistic that many countries have weathered the worst of the pandemic thanks to vaccinations and natural infection, despite warning that cold weather and upcoming holiday gatherings may increase infections .
“We believe that between now and the end of 2022 this will be the stage where we have this virus under control … where we can significantly reduce severe symptoms and death, ” Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the COVID-19 technical team at the World Health Organization, told Reuters .
In addition to vaccines , doctors now have better treatments. Britain on Thursday became the first country in the world to approve a game-changing anti-Covid-19 pill developed by Merck and Ridgeback, a biotherapy company called molnopiravir. Studies have shown that this drug can cut the chances of death or hospitalization in half for people who are most likely to develop severe symptoms of Covid-19 when they are given the tablets at the beginning of the disease .
Injuries are still on the rise in 55 out of 240 countries, with Russia, Ukraine and Greece reaching or approaching record levels of injuries recorded since the pandemic began two years ago , according to a Reuters analysis .
Eastern Europe has among the lowest vaccination rates in the region. According to the analysis, more than half of all new infections recorded around the world were in countries in Europe, with one million new infections recorded every four days .
Several Russian regions said last week that they may impose additional restrictions or extend workplace closures to counter the increase in coronavirus infections at a time when the country is witnessing record numbers of deaths from the disease .
And (Our World in Data) electronic bulletin stated that more than half of the world’s population has not yet received a single dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 . Less than five percent of people in low-income countries received at least one dose .
The World Health Organization and other aid groups last month appealed to G20 leaders to fund a $23.4 billion plan to provide poor countries with COVID-19 vaccines, tests and medicines over the next 12 month