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The number of new COVID-19 cases globally has dropped by nearly a quarter over the past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a weekly report.
Nearly 5.59 million cases were reported between April 11 and April 17, the agency said. 24% reduction than the previous week.
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In addition, the number of newly reported deaths fell by 21% to 18,215.
While new cases fell in all regions, the Americas fell only 2%.
The countries that reported the most cases last week were South Korea, France and Germany.
The United States, Russia and South Korea reported the most new deaths.
according to data The U.S. reported 68,781 new cases and 877 new deaths in the past day, according to data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
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“These trends should be interpreted with caution, as some countries are gradually changing their COVID-19 testing strategies, resulting in a decline in the total number of tests conducted and thus the number of cases detected,” the WHO said.
More than 502 million COVID-19 cases and nearly 6.2 million coronavirus-related deaths have been reported so far, but the total is thought to be much higher.
Although cases have dropped significantly since the winter omicron surge, experts warn that highly transmissible sub-variants are circulating.
Still, restrictions have been eased around the world, and Hong Kong Reopening Disneyland The museum and Shanghai have eased their strict lockdowns slightly.
South Korean officials recently announcement Intends to lift most pandemic regulations, including indoor gathering restrictions.
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From April 25, people will be allowed to eat in cinemas, places of worship, bus and train stations.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.