Omicron wave has plateaued globally, says WHO
Omicron wave shows signs of waning and may have plateaued worldwide, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO).
In its epidemiological update on COVID-19 published on February 1, the WHO finds that new cases of COVID-19 decreased slightly globally between 24 and 30 January. Deaths, however, increased compared to the previous week.
The agency has identified more than 22 million new cases, a decrease of around 2% compared to the previous week. More than 59,000 new deaths are added to the toll, an increase of 9%.
Screenshot from WHO’s report
The Americas region, of which Canada is a part, is the one with the largest drop in new cases at 20%, alongside Southeast Asia (- 8%). Other regions of the world are seeing new cases increase, such as the Western Pacific (+ 37%), the Eastern Mediterranean (+ 24%) and Europe (+ 7%).
In contrast, reported deaths increased in the Americas region (+16%). This is also the case in Southeast Asia (+41%) and the Eastern Mediterranean region (+32%)
The number of deaths tends to follow the curve of infections with a few weeks delay.
It’s the American neighbor that registers the highest number of new cases (+ 3,279,226) and deaths ( + 13,558) worldwide, even if these figures are decreasing.
The Omicron wave also seems to have reached a plateau in Quebec. Indeed, the pressure on Quebec hospitals seems to be decreasing, but the death toll has increased as of January 31. Quebec recorded a decrease of 36 hospitalizations, for a total of 2,852 people hospitalized in the province. A total of 218 people were admitted to intensive care in Quebec hospitals, five less than the day before. However, the province deplored 63 new deaths, 30 more than the day before.
As of January 30, more than 370 million confirmed cases and more than 5, 6 million deaths have been reported worldwide according to WHO figures.