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Global COVID-19 cases surge 52% in a month: WHO

Global COVID-19 cases surge 52% in a month: WHO Photo: the incidence of COVID-19 in the world increased by 52% in just one month (Vitaly Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

From November 20 to December 17, 2023, the incidence of COVID-19 increased by 52% compared to the previous 28-day period, reports the WHO press service.

During the past 28-day period, more than 850 thousand new cases of the disease were registered. Meanwhile, the number of fatal cases decreased by 8%, despite the registration of over 3 thousand new deaths.

As of December 17, there are over 772 million confirmed cases and almost seven million deaths worldwide.

"During the period from 13 November to 10 December 2023, over 118 000 new COVID-19 hospitalizations and over 1600 new intensive care unit (ICU) admissions have been recorded with an overall increase of 23% and 51% respectively amongst the countries reporting consistently within the current and past reporting periods," reports the press service.

Coronavirus in Ukraine

It's worth noting that the World Health Organization officially declared the end of the coronavirus pandemic worldwide in May 2023. Restrictions and quarantine measures have also been lifted in Ukraine.

In November, Chief State Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine Ihor Kuzin, in an interview with RBC-Ukraine, mentioned that 13 strains of the coronavirus have been identified in the country.