Globally, the incidence of COVID is decreasing with a surge in Japan and Korea

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the number of global COVID-19 cases fell again last week as the burden of the disease caused by BA.5 shifted to some Asian countries, including Japan and South Korea.

In U.S. developments, the Biden administration today released two new reports on lingering COVID: one on a research action plan and another on services and supports for people experiencing the long-term effects of the disease.

The number of cases is still high as the sub-variants are increasing

After a spike in cases worldwide in June, COVID activity appears to be easing, with a 9% decrease last week compared to the previous week, according to the WHO. However, two regions reported increases: the Western Pacific, which saw a 20% increase in cases, and Africa, which saw a 5% increase in cases.

WHO urges caution in interpreting trends based on cases due to declining testing and surveillance.

In the Western Pacific region, the biggest jumps were in Japan, which reported a 42% increase, and South Korea, which reported a 25% increase from the week before.

According to Japan, cases are averaging more than 200,000 a day, and health systems are under pressure in some areas, in part because of staff illness from COVID-19. Japan Times. South Korea reports more than 100,000 cases a day, the highest since mid-April, according to Korean Herald.

In Africa, the largest proportional increases were recorded in Liberia, Seychelles and Rwanda.

Of the more than 6.5 million cases reported by the WHO last week, the top five countries with the highest number of cases are Japan, the United States, South Korea, Germany and Italy.

The death toll remained steady last week after rising last week, with the WHO reporting about 14,000 cases, with the United States reporting the most.

The proportions of the more transmissive sub-variants Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 continue to grow. BA.5 prevalence increased from 63.8% to 69.6%, and BA.4 increased slightly from 10.9% to 11.8%.

The Biden administration released lengthy reports on COVID

In April, President Joe Biden issued a memorandum calling for two reports within 120 days, both addressing the problem of prolonged COVID-19, where patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 experience symptoms (some severe) for months or even years.

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released two reports: one on the research action plan and the other on federal services and supports for people with prolonged COVID-19. HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, MD, said, “As our nation continues to make progress in the fight against COVID-19, these reports are critical in shedding light on the impact of Long COVID and how to match people to resources”.

HHS estimates that between 7.7 and 23 million Americans are experiencing a prolonged period of COVID-19 and that about 1 million are out of work at any given time, accounting for $50 billion in lost income each year.

Other COVID-related events:

  • President Biden, who is recovering from Paxlovid treatment, tested positive for COVID again today for the fifth day in a row, according to a statement from his physician, Kevin O’Connor, DO. He noted that the president has a slight cough, but finished a light workout today. Biden will continue to isolate himself and work in the executive residence.
  • Today, the European Medicines Agency recommended listing pericarditis and myocarditis as new side effects in the product information for the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine due to the small number of reported cases.
  • Cattle can sometimes be infected with SARS-CoV-2, although it is unclear whether the animals can transmit the virus, German researchers reported in a research letter in Emerging infectious Diseases. They based their findings on serological tests of samples from German cattle in late 2021.

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