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COVID-19 infections rose 11% over last week, WHO expert says

WHO Technical lead head COVID-19 Maria Van Kerkhove attends a news conference in Geneva

GENEVA/ZURICH (Reuters) – A World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Monday that the past week has seen an 11% increase in COVID-19 cases worldwide, raising concerns that measures to halt the pandemic’s spread may be breaking down just as vaccine distribution picks up.

“In the past week we have seen an 11% increase in transmission across the world,” WHO epidemiologist Maria van Kerkhove, the technical lead on COVID-19, told a news conference. “It is not the time to let up.”

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge in Geneva and Silke Koltrowitz in Zurich; writing by John Miller)

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