The number of new infections by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus reached a daily world maximum of 3.4 million this Thursday, but the curve of deaths attributed to covid-19 remains stable, according to provisional data from the World Health Organization (WHO). ).
With the Ómicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 dominating new infections, the daily total of deaths attributed to the disease worldwide in the last 24 hours amounts to 7,700, about the daily average of 7,000 that has been verified.
The WHO insisted that although most cases are not serious in the current wave, the ability of the Ómicron variant to cause problems should not be underestimated, especially due to pressure on health systems, and considered that it will not be the last “variant of concern ” of SARS-CoV-2, but made no predictions about the greater or lesser severity of future mutations.
Ómicron, detected in South Africa in early November 2021, is present in 58.5 percent of the analyzes carried out in the global network of GISAID laboratories, surpassing the dominance that the Delta variant maintained for most of 2021.
The wave of contagion with the Ómicron variant, which began in Africa and spread to the European and American continents, is noticeable in all the regions studied by the WHO, with almost vertical rises in the contagion curves, such as in Asia, where the number of new cases quintupled last week.
Covid-19 has caused 5,503,347 deaths worldwide since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the latest report by the Agence France-Presse.
In Portugal, since March 2020, 19,181 people have died from the disease and 1,734,343 cases of infection have been recorded, according to the latest update from the Directorate-General for Health.