Some seriously good news as Covid rates have fallen across the world for the sixth week in a row.
According to the World Health Organization, global Covid-19 rates have fallen by 11% this week with deaths down by 20%. And it’s the first time since the pandemic started a year ago there has been such a sustained drop.
Which is obviously great news!
And it also means that the measures put in place have been working. They include lockdowns, the early impact of vaccinations and even herd immunity helping drive down infection rates.
“For the sixth week in a row, the number of new cases of COVID-19 reported globally fell last week,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference. “There are still many countries with increasing numbers of cases, but at the global level, this is encouraging news.”
But despite the low global rates, there has just been a surge in several regions, with the WHO urging people to remember that vaccines alone won’t cure the pandemic.
More than 100 million have tested positive for Covid-19 since the pandemic with 2.2 million deaths.
Pubs and bars to remain closed until the start of Ramadan as COVID-19 restrictions extended
The recent Covid-19 restrictions brought in during February have been extended until the start of Ramadan.
It means that bars and pubs will remain shut until mid-April. And that shopping malls and hotels must operate at 70% capacity.
Indoor venues including cinemas and sports venues must also remain at 50% capacity.