Coronavirus case counts fell 17 percent worldwide over the last week compared to the previous corresponding period, including a 50 percent drop in the United States alone, while deaths globally declined seven percent, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) announced Tuesday.
The weekly epidemiological report from the U.N. health agency outlines the omicron variant is increasingly dominant — making up nearly 97 percent of all cases tallied by the international virus-tracking platform known as GISAID. Just over three percent were of the delta variant.
The new statistics come as calls grow around the world for an end to mask mandates and compulsory vaccinations, as Breitbart News reported.
King Biden’s Massive Flip-Flop on Vax Mandates pic.twitter.com/6od5UrsQTb
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 10, 2021
“The prevalence of the omicron variant has increased globally and is now detected in almost all countries,” W.H.O. said. “However, many of the countries which reported an early rise in the number of cases due to the omicron variant have now reported a decline in the total number of new cases since the beginning of January 2022.”
All told, W.H.O. reported more than 19 million new cases of coronavirus and under 68,000 new deaths during the week from Jan. 31 to Feb. 6. As with all such tallies, experts say such figures are believed to greatly underestimate the real toll.
Case counts fell in each of W.H.O.’s six regions except its eastern Mediterranean zone, which reported a 36 percent jump, notably with increases in Afghanistan, Iran and Jordan.
The news of the decline in case counts comes as governments around the world look to wind back their restrictions.
Australia will soon reopen its borders to vaccinated visitors. Sweden is lifting most pandemic regulations, following in the footsteps of Denmark and Norway.
Just this week, the governors of California, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey and Oregon said they would end statewide indoor mask mandates, some of which applied to schools and others to public places, the New York Times reports.
In Canada the drive for freedom from all coronavirus restrictions has made global headlines.
Ottawa Freedom Convoy Supporter Responds to Corporate Media Calling Trucker Protests “White Supremacy” pic.twitter.com/oou5PRNNCh
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 4, 2022
Not every U.S. state is keen to end the restrictions, however.
As Breitbart News reported, Los Angeles County will retain its indoor mask mandate past the February 15 date set Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom as the date to end a statewide mandate, according to public health officials in the county.
The state will still require unvaccinated people to wear masks indoors after Feb. 15, at the risk of stigmatizing all those who wish to wear masks as a precaution.