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Global tally of COVID cases down 9% in latest week, but infections are still climbing in the U.S.

by Ciara Linnane - Market Watch on August 5, 2022

Global tally of COVID cases down 9% in latest week, but infections are still climbing in the U.S.

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The global tally of new cases of COVID-19 fell 9% in the week through July 31, according to the World Health Organization, but the trend did not hold for the U.S., which saw new cases climb 2%, increasing more sharply than in any country but Japan.

The U.S. added 923,366 cases, according to the agency’s weekly epidemiological update. Cases are thought to be higher than official tallies as so many people are testing at home and data are not being collected. The WHO has warned for some

time now that its weekly numbers “should be interpreted with caution,” as several countries have changed COVID testing strategies, meaning fewer tests are being performed and consequently fewer cases are being detected.

The U.S. also saw the highest number of fatalities in the world at 2,626, a 10% decline from the previous week. Globally, the number of deaths was flat compared with the previous week.

The biggest increase in cases was in Japan, at 1.4 million. Japan has been experiencing a surge in cases of late.

The BA.5 omicron subvariant continued to cement its dominance, accounting for 69.6% of cases uploaded to a central sequencing database, up from 63.8% a week ago.

The daily average for new U.S. cases remains close to 130,000, after registering 120,446 on Wednesday, according to a New York Times tracker, down 6% from two weeks ago.

The daily average for hospitalizations rose to 43,597, up 3% in two weeks. The daily average for deaths is up 11% to 475.

President Joe Biden tested positive again Thursday, according to White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor, who said Biden is still experiencing the odd cough, but it is improving. His temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation remain entirely normal and he will continue his isolation.

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