WHO, the number of casualties is decreasing, but the Hyperion and Arcturus variants are increasing;  updates

Covid and variants

despite of The epidemic continues to slow down,There are updates related to the variants that continue to circulate. The latest bulletin of the World Health Organization, it is reported SkyTG 24, has not detected any signs of recovery from the Covid infection: in the past 28 days, cases have decreased by 28% and deaths by 30%. Among the variants, it is standardized A legendary sea monster (XBB.1.5) started 47.9% of global sequences; Growing XBB.1.9.1 (Hyperion) and XBB.1.16 (Arcturus), respectively 7.6% and 4%.

According to the WHO report, from March 13 to April 9, there were 3 million cases of Covid-19 in the world; 23 thousand deaths. The trend is downward in Europe (-22%), the Americas (-33%), the Western Pacific (-39%), Africa (-45%); while Cases increased in Southeast Asia (+481%) and in the eastern Mediterranean (+144%). Despite the growth, in the latter regions the absolute number of cases is still limited: 80,000 and 52,000 respectively, equivalent to 5% of global infections. The largest number of infections was recorded in the United States (455,000 in the last 28 days), followed by Russia (292,000) and South Korea (275,000). The United States also records the highest number of deaths (5,571 in the last 28 days), It is followed by the United Kingdom (2708) and Brazil (1246).

Among the variants, spread A legendary sea monster (XBB.1.5) which represented 47.9% of the sequences deposited in the week between March 20th and 26th, a gain of nearly 10 percentage points compared to the previous month. Closely watched XBB.1.9.1 (Hyperion), XBB.1.16 (Arcturus). The first rose from 3% at the end of February to 6.7% at the end of March; the second from 0.2% to 3%. WHO reports that there is no reported increase in infection severity associated with the new variants and that a recent study of XBB.1.16 showed a growth advantage over XBB and XBB.1.5, But not increasing the ability to escape from the immune system.

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