Nearly 40,000 COVID deaths worldwide last week, more than half in China: WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Friday that nearly 40,000 deaths have been reported in the past week, more than half in China alone.

The head of the WHO notified, in total, during the last 8 weeks, more than 170 thousand deaths have been registered, the real figures are higher. “I remain very concerned about the situation in many countries and the increasing number of deaths,” he told a news conference on Tuesday.

The WHO emergency committee on Covid-19 met on Friday to discuss whether the pandemic still warrants the highest level of global alert. The 14th meeting of the panel on the crisis comes nearly three years after the WHO’s highest emergency alarm was first sounded, when what was then called the novel coronavirus began to spread outside of China.

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