Global COVID cases dropped 16% in last week: WHO

David Matthews, New York Daily News
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The number of worldwide COVID-19 cases declined by 16% in the week ending on Feb. 14, according to the World Health Organization.

The report comes after the United States reported a similar decline over the same time period.

The WHO said the worldwide total fell to 2.7 million cases, down more than 500,000 from the previous week’s levels.

Only the the Eastern Mediterranean region did not see a double-digit percentage decline in new cases. All of the regions in the WHO’s tally saw a decrease in the number of deaths.

The U.S. still outpaces the rest of the world in total cases, despite only accounting for only about 4.25% of the global population. Brazil, France, Russia, and the UK, respectively, round out the top five.

The decline in cases come as more vaccines receive approval from regulators. A one-shot vaccine from Johnson and Johnson is expected to be approved in the U.S. by the end of February.