The World Health Organization (WHO) has said a record 9.5 Million cases of Covid-19 were tallied around the world last week, marking a 71 percent weekly surge that amounted to a “Tsunami” as the omicron coronavirus variant sweeps worldwide.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week that the highest numbers of Covid-19 cases were reported so far in the pandemic.

He said the figure was certainly an underestimate because of a backlog in testing around the year-end holidays.

WHO officials have long cited a lag between case counts and deaths, with changes in the death counts often trailing about two weeks behind the evolution of case counts.

However, the number of recorded deaths declined.

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