The number of new coronavirus infections increased globally for the first time in 7 weeks, which WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says was ‘disappointing but not surprising.’
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Ghebreyesus said cases increased because of relaxed public health measures, people letting their guards down, and variants’ circulation. He stressed that countries could not ‘rely solely on vaccination programs and abandon other measures,’ and that ‘basic public health measures remain the foundation of the response.’ The CDC has seen a 2% rise in positive cases over the past 7 days in the U.S.
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