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Covid deaths up 4% globally, reversing 5-wk decline: WHO

Geneva: After five weeks of declining coronavirus deaths, the number of fatalities reported globally increased by 4% last week, according to World Health Organisation. 
In its weekly assessment of the pandemic issued on Thursday, the UN health agency said there were 8,700 Covid deaths last week, with a 21% jump in the Americas and a 17% increase in the Western Pacific. It said with about 3.2 million new cases were reported last week extending a decline in Covid-19 infections since the peak in January.
Still, there were significant spikes of infection in some regions, with West Asia and Southeast Asia reporting increases of 58% and 33% respectively. 
"Because many countries have reduced surveillance and testing, we know this number is under-reported," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said earlier this week.
He said there was "no acceptable level of deaths from COVID-19," given that the global community now has the vaccines, medicines, and diagnostics to stop the virus.
While many rich countries in Europe and North America have mostly dropped their virus restrictions, China's extreme Covid-19 policies have meant more mass testing, quarantines, and sequestering of anyone who was in contact with a case. 
China's capital put the school back online this week in one of its major districts amid a new Covid-19 outbreak linked to a nightclub.
Meanwhile, a Covid-19 outbreak in Beijing centered on a bar is easing after the testing of millions of people and the halting of some leisure businesses, the city said on Thursday, as it declared an initial victory in its latest battle with the virus.

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