WHO: Global COVID-19 case counts decline 17% in latest week

Global deaths have declined 7%

GENEVA (AP) – The World Health Organization says coronavirus case counts have fallen 17% worldwide over the last week compared to the previous week. The new figures include a 50% drop in the United States. Global deaths have declined 7%.

The weekly epidemiological report from the U.N. health agency was released late Tuesday. It shows the omicron variant is increasingly dominant and makes up nearly 97% of all cases. Just over 3% were of the delta variant.

WHO reported more than 19 million new cases of COVID-19 in total and under 68,000 new deaths during the week from Jan. 31 to Feb. 6.