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17 Mar 2022

‘Tip of the Iceberg’: WHO Warns against Global Rise in COVID-19 Cases

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The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday called on countries to take necessary precautions following a global surge in COVID-19 cases.

According to Reuters, coronavirus infections began to climb across the world since the past week, particularly in China which is battling its worst surge since the early days of the pandemic, by implementing lockdown measures in the affected parts of the country.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of WHO, said, "These increases are occurring despite reductions in testing in some countries, which means the cases we're seeing are just the tip of the iceberg." The WHO also attributed lower vaccination rates to the "huge amount of misinformation” being disseminated through various sources.

Cases of COVID-19 surged globally by 8% at present compared to last week, after 11 million new infections and nearly 43,000 fatalities were recorded between March 7 -13. China and South Korea are currently reporting the highest number of COVID infections with a 25% rise in cases as the death rate grew by 27%.

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