Coronavirus tally: WHO says pandemic is still a public health emergency and warns against reduced surveillance

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The World Health Organization said Tuesday the coronavirus pandemic remains a public health emergency, and warned that a reduction in surveillance, including testing and sequencing, is making it difficult to assess the impact of new variants. “The virus is running freely and countries are not effectively managing the disease burden based on their capacity, in terms of both hospitalization for acute cases and the expanding number of people with post-Covid-19 condition – often referred to as long COVID,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a Geneva news briefing. The news comes as the daily average for new cases stood at 129,858 on Tuesday, according to a New York Times tracker, up 19% from two weeks ago. Meanwhile, the daily average for hospitalizations rose to 38,517 on Tuesday, up 18% in two weeks. And the positivity rate on COVID tests stands at 18%, the highest since Feb. 1. The daily average for deaths is up 5% to 396. Globally, the confirmed case tally rose above 557/8 million on Tuesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins, while the death toll is above 6.35 million with the U.S. leading the world with 88.9 million cases and 1,021,853 deaths.

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