Live: WHO confirms dramatic fall in new COVID-19 cases globally
Global weekly cases on the decline, WHO says
Let’s start with some good news.
The World Health Organization’s Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says the global number of new COVID-19 infections being reported is the lowest it’s been in months — dropping from five million a week to about two-and-a-half million since January.
“The number of reported cases of COVID-19 globally has now declined for the fifth consecutive week,” he says.
“Last week saw the lowest number of reported weekly cases since October. So far this year, the number of weekly reported cases has fallen by almost half.”
It comes as the WHO approves two more COVID vaccines for emergency use, produced by AstraZeneca-SKBio (Republic of Korea) and the Serum Institute of India.
The rollout of these vaccines will be…