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New COVID-19 cases worldwide down by half compared to early January — WHO data

A World Health Organization graph shows the steep decline in coronavirus cases around the world (Feb. 22 screen capture via WHO)
A World Health Organization graph shows the steep decline in coronavirus cases around the world (Feb. 22 screen capture via WHO)

Data from the World Health Organization indicates coronavirus infections around the world are on the decline for the sixth week in a row. The week of January saw over 5 million new cases detected globally, while this past week saw 2.4 million, or less than half.

The sharp decline was prominent in the Americas, where new daily cases dropped from over 444,000 on January 10 to 169,000 on Sunday, according to WHO tallies. Europe also saw 150,000 fewer cases on Sunday as compared to six weeks earlier.

COVID-19 deaths are also dropping globally, albeit at a slower rate. During the week starting January 18, over 98,000 people died around the world of the virus, while the past week saw 66,000 deaths.

Since the start of the pandemic, over 111 million infections have been recorded and 2.46 million people have died.

Patients diagnosed positive for COVID-19 who are hospitalized at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital coronavirus ward receive a visit from family members (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
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