On Wednesday, the World Health Organization revealed that the number of coronavirus deaths fell by 9% in the last week while new cases remained relatively stable.
The weekly pandemic report released by WHO said there were more than 14,000 COVID-19 deaths in the last week and nearly 7 million new infections.
The WHO said the Western Pacific reported a 30% jump in cases while Africa reported a 46% drop.
The WHO added that cases also fell by more than 20% in the Americas and the Middle East.
The U.N. health agency said the number of new deaths rose by 19% in the Middle East while dropping by more than 70% in Africa, 15% in Europe, and 10% in the Americas.
Moreover, the WHO said the omicron subvariant BA.5 remains dominant globally, accounting for nearly 70% of all virus sequences shared with the world’s biggest publicly available virus database.
The WHO said other omicron subvariants, including BA.4 and BA.2, appear to decrease in prevalence as BA.5 takes over.
The WHO said its assessment of COVID-19 trends remains compromised by countries’ dropping many of their testing, surveillance, and sequencing efforts as most countries have relaxed pandemic controls.