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According to the WHO, the Increase in COVID Cases Around the World is Just the 'tip of the iceberg.'

Sole candidate Tedros Ghebreyesus set to remain <a class=WHO chief | South China Morning Post"/>Figures showing a global increase in COVID-19 infections may foreshadow a far larger problem, while some countries report a reduction in testing rates, the WHO warned on Tuesday, urging governments to be cautious against the virus.

After more than a month of decline, COVID cases began to rise around the world last week, according to the WHO, with lockdowns in Asia and China's Jilin province battling an outbreak.

According to the WHO, the increases were caused by a mix of causes, including the highly transmissible Omicron variation and its BA.2 sublineage, as well as the relaxation of public health and social controls.

"These increases are occurring despite reductions in testing in some countries, implying that the cases we're witnessing are only the top of the iceberg," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters.

Low vaccination rates in some countries, caused in part by a "great quantity of disinformation," also contributed to the spike, according to WHO authorities.

Globally, new infections increased by 8% compared to the previous week, with 11 million new cases and nearly 43,000 new deaths reported from March 7-13. It is the first increase since the beginning of January.

The greatest increase occurred in the WHO's Western Pacific region, which includes South Korea and China, where cases increased by 25% and deaths increased by 27%.

Africa experienced a 12% increase in new cases and a 14% increase in deaths, while Europe saw a 2% increase in cases but no increase in deaths. Other regions showed a decrease in instances, notably the eastern Mediterranean region, which witnessed a 38 percent increase in mortality connected to a prior spike in infections.

A number of scientists have expressed alarm that Europe is on the verge of another coronavirus outbreak, with instances increasing in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom since the beginning of March.

At the briefing, WHO's Maria Van stated that BA.2 appears to be the most transmissible form.

However, there is no indication that it causes more severe disease, nor is there evidence that any other new variations are driving the surge in Cases.

In Europe, the picture is likewise not uniform. Denmark, for example, experienced a temporary surge of cases in the beginning half of February, which was fueled by BA.2, but rapidly faded.

However, researchers have begun to warn that the United States may soon experience a similar wave to that experienced in Europe, presumably spurred by BA.2, the easing of limitations, and potential waning protection from vaccines administered several months ago.

"I agree with the relaxation of limits because it's no longer an emergency after two years," Antonella Viola, professor of immunology at the Italy's University of Padua, said.

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