The long national nightmare may soon be over.
Like a dark cloud being burned out of the sky by an indulgently warm sun, there appears a light in the darkness of the coronavirus pandemic. As vaccines continue to roll out to the far flung corners of America, the numbers that we’re seeing this week show a real sliver of promise…at home and abroad.
The number of new cases of Covid-19 reported worldwide fell by 16 percent last week to 2.7 million, the World Health Organization said.
Five of the six WHO regions of the world reported a double-digit percentage decline in new cases, with only the Eastern Mediterranean showing a rise, of seven percent.New case numbers dropped 20 percent last week in Africa and in the Western Pacific, 18 percent in Europe, 16 percent in the Americas and 13 percent in southeast Asia.
WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday that the number of new cases had declined for a fifth consecutive week, dropping by almost half, from more than five million cases in the week of January 4.
“This shows that simple public health measures work, even in the presence of variants,” Tedros said.
Of course, health officials advise that we continue with our social distancing and face masks until the threat is fully eradicated, but these figures certainly appear to be headed in the right direction.
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