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COVID-19 Killed 10,000 in December 2023 – WHO

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The World Health Organisation, WHO has said that 10,000 COVID-19 deaths were recorded in December last year.

The United Nations agency noted that the data from various sources pointed to increased transmission last month, fuelled by gatherings over the Christmas holiday period and by the JN.1 variant, which is now the most commonly reported around the globe.

WHO however warned that the coronavirus disease is still a major threat despite partially passing under the radar.

Although COVID-19 is no longer a global health emergency, the virus is still circulating, changing, and killing,” WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus said.

AFP reports that besides the near 10,000 deaths reported to the WHO last month, there was a 42 per cent increase in hospitalisations and a 62 per cent increase in intensive care unit admissions, compared with November.

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